calls for better food safety
HA NOI — Prime Minister
Nguyen Tan Dung has recently asked relevant authorities to increase awareness
and prevention efforts regarding mass food poisoning.
The Ministry of Health and
provincial and city people’s committees will co-operate with relevant agencies
to effectively implement prevention measures.
"The Ministry of
Health and local authorities must enhance inspections of food hygiene and
safety, especially in commercial kitchens, food processing units, school
cafeterias and industrial zones," Dung affirmed.
The ministry must also
work with the Ministry of Education and Training to target food hygiene and
safety in kindergartens, schools and universities. Every student, teacher and
staff member will now have to follow strict regulations.
"Since the beginning
of the food hygiene and safety action month, which began on April 15, the Youth
Union has launched a movement advocating only cooked food and boiled drinking
water in the dorms," said Phan Thuy Duong, a sixth year student at Ha Noi
In addition to raising
awareness, an action plan for prevention and treatment of food poisoning is
needed. Production units must get equipment and staff to meet new standards.
cafeteria has recently improved in terms of cleanliness. We even have a board
with food hygiene and safety regulations that hangs on the gate to raise
awareness," said Phan Thi Hanh, a doctor at the hospital.
All foods and relevant
ingredients, processing, cooking, maintenance and transport must undergo
The Ministry of Education
and Training will implement a food hygiene and safety teaching programme and ask
educational units to commit.
In the first six months of
2008, over 4,000 people suffered food poisoning, of whom 42 died. Most cases
happened at commercial kitchens in industrial zones and schools.
The most recent serious
case took place at Hoang Gia Company in Tay Ninh Province last month with 1,600
infected. — VNS