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Food inspections having impact in Hanoi

Released at: 12:38, 18/05/2016

Food inspections having impact in Hanoi

Capital collects $580,000 in fines this year from 6,227 businesses violating food safety regulations.

by Nhi Linh

Hanoi has fined 6,227 food processing and production businesses a total of $582,660 this year, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh told a press conference on May 17.

The capital established 766 inspection teams at the beginning of the year to examine 48,899 food processing and production businesses, with 7,872 found to have broken the law, of which 6,227 were fined.

Mr. Hanh said that Hanoi has been focused on ensuring food safety, taking measures to control smuggled poultry and creating 30 food safety supply chains.

He acknowledged that although the amount of food being smuggled into Hanoi from other cities and provinces has fallen it is still an issue.

Checking the origin of vegetable at markets and retailers also remains problematic.

Staff numbers are insufficient in districts to inspect food quality and there are no specialized staff for checking food safety in wards, communes and towns.

To improve food safety management Hanoi will combine measures for food safety management with measures for preventing food poisoning.

Mr. Hanh said the Health Department has established five inspection teams with members from related agencies to inspect food safety in all districts in Hanoi. The teams not only inspect food safety under plans but also make snap inspections after receiving tips from people or the media about food safety violations.

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