|Workers process food at a school kitchen in Hà Nội. — Photo Courtesy of the Hà Nội Department of Health|
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội will conduct checks on the food safety and hygiene of all enterprises and restaurants in the capital city starting July 10, according to the municipal People’s Committee.
The inspection is part of a plan to ensure food safety and hygiene, which will last until the end of the year with the theme “Saying no to fake and substandard food and protecting customers’ rights”.
The inspections aim to improve awareness among organisations and individuals of laws regarding the safe production and trade of food.
Under the plan, authorities at different levels will strengthen their management to prevent substandard food and damaging preservatives from circulating on the market.
Each ward must have at least four inspectors, and one of the inspectors must be a deputy chairman of the ward people’s committee.
Inspectors will focus on checking for African swine fever, especially in localities that have slaughterhouses.
To ensure inspections are done properly, the Hà Nội People’s Committee asked concerned organisations to complete training for inspectors.
Trần Văn Chung, deputy director of the Hà Nội Department of Health, said about 3,340 people would act as inspectors.
By June 12, Hà Nội had organised 32 training courses for inspectors.
Trần Việt Nga, deputy director of the Vietnam Food Administration under the Ministry of Health, praised the capital city’s efforts to ensure food safety.
Nga expressed her belief the inspections would be effective and hygiene would be improved. — VNS