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Hà Nội proposes food safety standards

Update: October, 13/2016 - 19:00
Market management forces inspect the quality of food at a supermarket in Hà Nội. – VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Sinh
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – Hà Nội’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has petitioned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and relevant agencies to formulate and promulgate certain food safety standards.

It would be a basic condition for organisations and individuals to supply safe products in accordance with the issued standards and take legal responsibility, Chu Phú Mỹ, head of the department, said at a meeting held yesterday to review the results of a programme on development of safe vegetable and meat supply chain in Hà Nội.

The food safety standards would also aim to raise awareness of people on production and consumption of safe food, as well as competitiveness of domestic agricultural products in the market, he said.

Nguyễn Văn Sửu, Vice Chairman of the city People’s Committee, said the city’s agricultural production had yet to meet demand, so it had to buy farm products from other localities, posing difficulties for the city in food quality and hygiene management.

"Eighty per cent of products are imported from other provinces and collected by the traders," he said.

Also yesterday, the Vietnamese Safe Farm Products and Food Week fair opened on Cầu Giấy District’s Hoàng Quốc Việt Street.

The event aimed to bring safe products and specialties from localities nationwide to Hanoians, while boosting trade and building consumption chains, Sửu said. 

During the week, the Agriculture Trade Promotion Centre under MARD will organise activities to help customers identify safe farm products. 

The event is on until October 17. - VNS



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