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Ministry issues new alert on food safety

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm




Ministry issues new alert on food safety


QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

The Health Ministry has requested all provinces and cities to strengthen food safety and hygiene activities nationwide by promoting awareness and inspection programmes during the new year festival.


“Consumer demand increases ten-fold during the new year, especially over the traditional holiday period,” said deputy head of the ministry’s Vietnam Food Administration Nguyen Thanh Phong at a press conference in Hanoi Dec. 16.


“To ensure food safety and hygiene during the festive season, we will boost awareness activities targeting food producers, traders and consumers,” he said.


He also added that six inter-sectoral inspection groups would be set up to supervise food safety at markets in Hanoi, HCM City and provinces with border gates.


According to the administration, the country has reported 173 food poisoning cases this year, less than the average annual number of 200 over the last decade. Eighteen cases were reported with 323 people infected during the last quarter of 2010, of which four died due to eating puffer fish.


“Food poisoning is showing signs of reduction as compared with the same period in 2009, however 60 percent of the cases were in domestic outbreaks,” said Phong.


“Most poisoning outbreaks related to poor food preservation or natural toxins found in mushrooms, puffer fish and toads,” added Phong.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

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