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Ministry urges enterprises to follow food safety regulations

Update: February, 18/2012 - 10:22

HCM CITY — Health officials have called on local food and beverage enterprises to strictly follow the regulations on food safety to protect consumer rights and product quality.

Nguyen Thanh Phong, deputy director of the Ministry of Health's Food Safety and Hygiene Department, visited HCM City on Thursday with other officials to speak about the Law on Food Safety and the Government Decree No 07/2012 on food safety.

Speaking to representatives from more than 100 food enterprises, he said the regulations became effective in July last year.

With the new regulations and increased number of inspections, Phong said that the number of food-poisoning incidents should drop by at least 10 per cent in January and February, compared to the same period last year.

Around 10,000 food-poisoning cases occur yearly. Phong said that last year inter-sector inspectors found many violations of food-advertising regulations.

Under a Government plan, 100 per cent of food-processing factories would qualify to receive food-safety certificates and 70 per cent of food processors and consumers and producers would be knowledgeable about food-safety practices.

By 2020, 95 per cent of food processors and 80 per cent of consumers would have knowledge and practice in food safety.

By 2015, the country expects to reduce by 25 per cent the number of food-poisoning clusters of more than 30 people, compared with the number detected between 2006 and 2010. The figure would fall by 30 per cent by 2020.

The aim is to have no more than seven cases per 100,000 people. — VNS

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