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Health Ministry to inspect industrial zone food safety

Update: April, 04/2013 - 09:56

HA NOI (VNS0— The Ministry of Health will carry out a one-month inspection of food safety and hygiene in 24 cities and provinces starting April 15, focusing mainly on public kitchens in industrial areas.

The Administration for Food Safety and Hygiene yesterday announced that the inspection is aimed at preventing and dealing not only with violations in food safety and hygiene, but also with food poisoning and food-transmitted diseases.

The inspection, divided into eight interdisciplinary missions, falls under this year's "action month for food safety and hygiene."

‘The inspection would focus on food hygiene conditions, including food processing equipment, food origins, food quality records, food labels, food advertising documents and food safety and hygiene certificates,' the department's Deputy Director Nguyen Thanh Phong said.

"Any violations found would be handled strictly by current regulations to ensure that no low-quality food products are circulated in the market and no violated food processing establishments and businesses are allowed to operate unless the violation was fixed," he said.

Phong said the development of industrial zones has led to the establishment of canteens that serve food for thousands of workers and food hygiene and safety risk would threaten the workers' health.

Throughout HCM City more than 3,660 people have been reported to have suffered from food poisoning.

The HCM City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority reported that the number of food poisoning cases in these zones has dropped by 50 per cent over the past three months in comparison to the same period last year.

The authority is managing 1,051 businesses with 275,000 workers. — VNS

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