PM asks for clear prohibitions, tougher sanctions on food safety violations

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked ministries to review legal documents on food safety and clarify prohibitions and impose tougher sanctions for violations.

The PM assigned tasks to several ministries for the implementation of the National Assembly’s resolution on intensifying the enforcement of food safety regulations.

He requested the Ministry of Health to take a leading role while working with the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development and Industry and Trade to review legal documents on food safety and propose amendments to the regulations to make prohibitions clear and impose stricter sanctions for violations.

The move also aims to avoid overlaps in state management of food safety matters among several ministries and strengthen food safety-related law enforcement as Vietnam plans to issue main technical food safety standards in line with international standards by the end of 2020.

Additionally, the three ministries must propose a model for state management of food safety, develop a system to provide information and receive reports from people on food safety issues and take measures to cut the number of mass food poisoning cases and the rate of unsafe food samples.

The Ministry of Home Affairs was asked to clarify tasks for each agency of the administrative apparatus for food safety management to improve their effectiveness.

The Ministry of Finance will allocate funding for food safety management and provide instructions for ministries, agencies and localities in use of fine revenues from breaches of food safety regulations to reward individuals and organisations who play a significant role in ensuring food safety.

The Ministry of Public Security was asked to strictly handle serious food safety violations.

In 2017, inter-disciplinary inspectors visited more than 625,000 food places nationwide, finding violations at nearly 124,000. Of the violators, more than 35,700 had to pay fines exceeding a total of 61 billion VND (2.7 million USD), according to the National Steering Committee on Food Safety.

The country recorded 139 cases of food poisoning in 2017 with 3,869 people affected, down 27 cases, and 24 people died.-

Related

Deputy PM lauds health workers
Deputy PM lauds health workers

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has urged the health sector to continue striving to care for people’s health as this is always among the top priorities in action programmes of the Party and the Government.

Deputy PM lauds health workers

Deputy PM lauds health workers

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has urged the health sector to continue striving to care for people’s health as this is always among the top priorities in action programmes of the Party and the Government.

Poverty reduction policy should be encouraging: Deputy PM
Poverty reduction policy should be encouraging: Deputy PM

The average household poverty rate in Vietnam dropped by 1.51% from 2016 to 6.72% in 2017, according to the national target programme on sustainable poverty reduction.

Poverty reduction policy should be encouraging: Deputy PM

Poverty reduction policy should be encouraging: Deputy PM

The average household poverty rate in Vietnam dropped by 1.51% from 2016 to 6.72% in 2017, according to the national target programme on sustainable poverty reduction.

Deputy PM seeks heritage tag for war tunnel
Deputy PM seeks heritage tag for war tunnel

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has visited the central province of Quang Tri.

Deputy PM seeks heritage tag for war tunnel

Deputy PM seeks heritage tag for war tunnel

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has visited the central province of Quang Tri.