Food hygiene checks pave way for new law

Published: 09/05/2011 05:00



A nationwide cooking hygiene check will be
carried out by the Ministry
of Agriculture and
Rural Development to prepare for the new Food Hygiene Law, which will come into
effect on July 1.

Food is inspected for quality at
Unimart in Ha Noi’s Dong Da District. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development plans to crack down on unsafe food ahead of a new hygiene law that
comes into effect in July. (Photo: VNS)

pilot check has been conducted on agricultural materials and products in the
northern province of Thanh Hoa and southern province of Tien Giang.

factories, distribution chains and shops for fertilisers, pesticides, veterinary
items, food for breeding farms and aquaculture production, forestry plants,
fruit and vegetable processing, fish sauce production, slaughterhouses, have
been checked.

“For the
first stage of the pilot project, one-third of checked units in these two
provinces do not meet hygiene standards as control is loosened,” said deputy
minister Luong Le Phuong.

In the
past, three ministries, including Healthcare, Trade and Industry, Agriculture
and Rural Development, have the same responsibility for oversight on food

problem will be adjusted in the new law as the ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development will be appointed to have the main responsibility.

Following the pilot project in Thanh Hoa and Tien Giang, the remaining provinces
will carry out food hygiene checks.

and manufacturing units will be responsible for achieving quality. Those that do
not meet hygiene requirements will have a limited time to upgrade. After that,
they can shut down their businesses or take their case to court.

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