|The inspections would focus on food additive producers, businesses, importers and food producers that use additives, particularly those who had a history of violating regulations. — Photo baonamdinh
HA NOI (VNS) — The Health Ministry's Food Administration will carry out inspections of the production, trade and use of food additives in a number of localities from now until the end of this month.
Two teams of health inspectors would be set up in Ha Noi, HCM City and surrounding localities, said Deputy Head of the Food Administration Nguyen Thanh Phong.
The inspections would focus on food additive producers, businesses, importers and food producers that use additives, particularly those who had a history of violating regulations, he said.
Inspectors will check food safety and hygiene certificates, origins of materials and food additives and hygiene conditions.
The food administration has also urged food safety and hygiene departments nationwide to increase inspections.
Violators would be strictly punished to prevent the circulation of low-quality food, Phong said.
Out of 169,000 producers nationwide, 34,000 were caught breaking food safety and hygiene regulations in the first two months of this year, according to the food administration.
The main violations were substandard facilities and equipment, and higher than permitted levels of additives.
The administration reported 163 food poisoning cases in 2013, with 28 fatalities. — VNS