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Mooncake inspection teams established

Update: August, 15/2014 - 08:46
Producers would be asked to produce their business licences, certificates of food safety and hygiene and legal documents to prove the origin of their ingredients.— VNA/VNS Photo An Hieu

HA NOI (VNS)— Eight inspection teams from the National Steering Committee on Food Safety and Hygiene have been established to check the quality of big moon-cake producers in 16 major provinces and cities throughout the country from next Wednesday.

The localities include Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Bac Ninh, Binh Duong, Long An and Kon Tum, announced the Viet Nam Food Administration under the Ministry of Health yesterday.

The one-month long inspections would also check the implementation of regulations on food safety and hygiene at big producers and restaurants that process or sell candy, beer, soft drinks, fruit or food during the Mid-Autumn Festival, the administration said.

The inspectors have been asked to inform the administration within 24 hours to deal with any major food incidents during their inspections.

The administration also ordered the inspectors to send a report to the Health Ministry before September 30.

In Ha Noi, the city's Market Watch Department was starting to inspect individuals and organisations that produce and trade, Nguyen Cong San, deputy head of the department, told the Kinh te do thi (Urban Economy) newspaper.

Producers would be asked to produce their business licences, certificates of food safety and hygiene and legal documents to prove the origin of their ingredients, San said.

Shops that produce or sell food additives used to make moon cakes would also be checked, he said. — VNS

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