According to an annual report for a national program to
improve food hygiene and safety on March 31, April 15 to May 15, 2008 had
the greatest number of food poisonings with more than 35 cases.
In April, 2008 some 24 cases of poisoning affected 791 people,
killing 13. In the following month, 31 cases poisoned 607 people killing
A program to publicize food hygiene and safety was run in most
local areas though it has faired badly in reducing the number of cases food
The number of people dying due to food poisoning in 2008 was
higher than in 2007.
In the first six months of 2008, over 4,000 people suffered
from food poisoning, of whom 42 died. Most cases occurred at cafeterias in
industrial zones and schools.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung recently asked relevant
authorities to increase the awareness of hygiene and prevent food
The Ministry of Health and local authorities must enhance food
inspections, especially in commercial kitchens, food processing units,
school cafeterias and industrial zones, PM Dung added.
Trinh Quan Huan, deputy Minister of Public Health, said the
Government has established 17 food hygiene and safety departments
The State provided VND35 billion ($2 million) to carry out
four projects for a national campaign to enhance the capacity of food
hygiene and safety management, raise awareness of the public’s right to
clean and uncontaminated food, strengthen food hygiene, safety inspection
and set up inspection teams to check food production, processing and trading