Wednesday,Apr 01,2009, Posted at: 15:13(GMT+7)


Vietnam: Food hygiene program fails to deliver

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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 11.

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 poisoning.

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 poisoning.

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 nationwide.

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 throughout Vietnam.



By Tuong Lam – Translated by Thanh Huong


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