[health-vn] Stricter inspections reduce food poisoning in HCM City
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Thu Apr 16 03:14:20 EST 2009
Stricter inspections reduce food poisoning in HCM City
18:52' 15/04/2009 (GMT+7)
VietNamNet Bridge – The number of food poisoning cases has declined in HCM City
because of increased inspections, officials told a food safety conference held
in HCM City yesterday.
Food safety and hygiene check is carried out on a daily basis at Dongil Vina
Co’s (HCM City) kitchen that serves more than 500 workers daily.
Le Truong Giang, deputy director of the city Health Department, attributed the
success to a new national food safety programme.
More money has been allocated to city budgets for food safety and more
inspectors have been added.
Last year, 22 food poisoning cases occurred in HCM City, with 1,600 people
affected, a substantial drop from the 2,089 in 2007.
In addition, the city last year granted food safety certificates to 26,500 food
companies. HCM City has 46,800 food production companies and 2,000 canteens
located in industrial parks and schools.
Giang said while progress had been made, it was still difficult to inspect
street peddlers because of their mobility.
Moving them to designated areas in the city was one of several solutions to the
problem, he said.
In addition to a reduction in food poisoning cases, the city said it had
effectively monitored more than 80 percent of the food traded in markets.
The establishment of three wholesale markets, Tam Binh (Thu Duc District), Tan
Xuan (Hoc Mon District) and Binh Dien (Dictrict 8), at the city’s gates had
More than 80 percent food consumed in HCM City entered the city through these
During the past two years, the city’s Health Department has worked with the
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Department of Industry and
Trade to encourage food safety compliance.
Every day, HCM City consumes 1,600 tonnes of vegetables, but only 30 per cent of
them are grown in rural areas outside the city.
Giang said the Health Department had worked with the Department of Agriculture
and Rural Development in nine provinces to promote the growing of "clean
vegetables" to sell in the city.
Giang said an annual food safety month would be established, with this year’s
activities to take place April 15-May 15. Official ceremonies will begin Sunday
in 322 wards of the city.
During food safety month, city health officials will conduct inspections, impose
fines and offer solutions to improve food safety.
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