VietNamNet Bridge – A government report on food hygiene and
safety said that many vegetables and fruits contain pesticides and
chemicals, meats and meat products contain bacteria and over 60 million
Vietnamese people have parasitic worms in their bodies.
Random tests of fruits and vegetables in Hanoi and Vinh Phuc
province in the north, Tien Giang province and HCM City in the south in
April 2008 revealed 20 of 154 vegetable samples and three of 60 fruit
samples containing pesticides in excess of the permitted level.
72 out of 76 vegetable samples were infected with coliform
bacterium, 40 E.coli bacterium and six salmonella, all exceeding the
Notably, nitrate residue was detected in 100 percent of
vegetable samples, though the content didn’t exceed the permitted level.
100 percent of tested samples had bronze residue, two traces of lead and
For meat and meat products, tests conducted in Hanoi showed
that of 72 pork samples, three were infected with salmonella and four
with S.aureus. In addition, six of 69 chicken samples had salmonella and
41 S.aureus. Experts said that the meat was infected with bacterium due
to poor slaughtering, transporting and trade conditions.
Traces of chemicals in meat and fresh food, including
seafood, are being found in increased frequency, with 6.39 percent of
tested samples in 2007-2008 containing chemical residues.
The Health Ministry’s report also said that of 116 cases of
death by food poisoning in 2007-2008, 87.1 percent ate food at home and
5.1 percent at collective kitchens, wedding parties, funerals, and street
Regarding imported food, relevant agencies said that Vietnam
can supervise only legally-imported products at big warehouses in the
centres of cities and provinces.
to a report of the Health Ministry, Vietnam had nearly 6.1 million
people suffering from five food-transmitted diseases – cholera,
bacillary dysentery, amoebic dysentery, diarrhea and typhoid – with 115
deaths from 2000-2006. More than 60 million people carry parasitic
worms in their bodies.
liver fluke (fasciola) is present in 18 provinces and cities in
Vietnam. In some provinces, up to 37 percent of people are infected
with this disease, such as Nam Dinh province in the north and Phu Yen
province in the central region.
liver fluke is reported in 24 provinces and cities, including seven
northern mountainous provinces of Lai Chau, Son La, Hoa Binh, Lao Cai,
Yen Bai, Ha Giang and Lang Son.
intestinal fluke (Fasciolopsis buski) is
recorded in 11 provinces, with around 4000 infected people.