At a recent conference on food manufacturers’ responsibilities, Lan said food safety is important for socio-economic development of the city, which has seen an enhancement of health and origin inspections in the past few years and increase in the number of modern abattoirs and other facilities. There would be more health and origin inspections, especially of smaller businesses and craft villages, which still use traditional manual methods, and authorities would throw the book at violations like poor health standards and use of unapproved chemicals and ingredients with unclear origins, she promised. Inspectors would focus on markets and producers in less developed areas, especially pork producers, and strictly enforce rules on disposing of pigs injected with certain chemicals, Lan said. All district administrations would dispatch more inspection teams to deal with unregistered street vendors, who she said pose the risk of food poisoning. “We also need to pay more … [Read more...] about HCM City to tighten food safety management
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Phạm Khánh Phong Lan, head of the HCM City Food Safety Management Board, urges food manufacturers to be more responsible for food safety at a conference on April 14. – Photo sggp.org.vnViet Nam News HCM CITY — The head of the HCM City Food Safety Management Board has said inspections will be stepped up to ensure food safety. Phạm Khánh Phong Lan, speaking at a conference on food manufacturers’ responsibilities on Saturday, said food safety is important for the socio-economic development of the city, which has seen an enhancement of health and origin inspections in the past few years and increase in the number of modern abattoirs and other facilities. There would be more health and origin inspections, especially of smaller businesses and craft villages, which still use traditional manual methods, and authorities would throw the book at violations like poor health standards and use of unapproved chemicals and ingredients with unclear origins, … [Read more...] about City plans food safety crackdown
VietNamNet Bridge – Unsafe food has become a hot topic in Vietnam - from rotten fat to dried food with maggots. But is it a media induced panic or should Vietnamese people be very concerned about what they are eating? Unsafe food has become a burning issue in Vietnam. Vietnamese people have never had to face so many public food scares. And the risks go way beyond simple stomach upsets as people are increasingly concerned about acute diarrhea and even cancer. According to a scientific conference on food safety held in Hanoi in December 2009, up to 56 percent of food samples tested were infected with chemicals, growth stimulants and processing substances – all of which are potentially damaging to those who eat it. Experts discussed at the conference that more and more types of food are infected with chemicals and stimulants. The recent discovery of food containing listeria monocytegene, which can cause poison and complications related to pregnancy is one … [Read more...] about Is unsafe food poisoning Vietnamese people?
Viet Nam News HCM CITY - HCM City is helping schools link up with food producers who meet Vietnamese good agricultural practices (GAP) standards to safeguard students' health and safety. The two sides have been unable to establish links on their own, according to the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The department and the Department of Education and Training have held many workshops this year to acquaint schools with safe agricultural products in the city. The workshops attracted educational officials from districts, companies supplying agricultural products and managers as well as teachers from kindergartens and primary and secondary schools that provide lunch for their students. At one of the workshops, Nguyễn Thị Thảo, a teacher at a kindergarten in District 1, said misgivings about unsafe foods are widespread and schools are worried about buying them. They would be happy to know which companies produce foods meeting VietGap standards so that they … [Read more...] about City to ensure safe school food
A long-term campaign, Vietnamese Kitchen for the World, was launched by the Institute of Vietnamese Gastronomic Research to promote a healthy diet to international tourists. The institute asked restaurants and food outlets throughout the country to introduce Vietnamese food and standardise customer service. Institute head Nguyen Nha said Vietnamese cooking should be promoted because it offered a healthy diet. Local dishes, such as pho (noodles served with beef or chicken) and cha gio (fried meat rolls) were popular with tourists. The campaign includes a guide to cooking and food safety practices to avoid food poisonings which occur in factories and school lunch rooms. Source: VNS … [Read more...] about Institute launches healthy food initiative to promote Vietnamese cuisine