Level of danger from food poisoning increasing in the province.
The number of food poisoning cases in southern Binh Duong province has not increased since 2012 but the number of victims and the level of danger posed by such cases have increased, according to the province’s Food Safety Agency.
An Agency report shows that 80 per cent of food poisoning cases were from food prepared the kitchens of schools and factories. Food poisoning happens more often at dinner time, when workers are working overtime. Microbes were responsible for 56 per cent of cases.
Most food poisoning came from food that is not reheated, such as salads, rice noodles, and rolls. May, June, November and December were peak times for food poisoning.
After examining kitchens where cases of food poisoning have occurred, the Agency concluded that they lack guidance on food safety or a commitment to food safety.
Furthermore, raw materials supplied to kitchens are not examined for hygiene standards and their origin is unclear. Local authorities therefore face many difficulties in investigating and preventing the unsafe supply of food.
A number of food poisoning cases have recently hit workers in the province, with its Department of Health starting to provide information on prevention.