Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has proposed the installation of devices to detect and quarantine food considered risky for public health at markets in Ha Noi.
The operation of the device will be funded from the income of the market management authority, he said at a recent working session between Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and the Ha Noi authorities on food safety and hygiene.
Deputy PM Dam agreed with the minister's proposal, saying that the ministries of health and agriculture and rural development should carry out studies on the installation of such a device in the markets on a trial basis.
"Ha Noi should immediately install the device in some large markets in the city. I think sellers who sell substandard food products will be afraid of being caught by the device," he added.
He noted that there are several shortcomings in food safety and hygiene management, adding that overlapping policies and legal documents, a lack of equipment to quarantine food and a shortage of food inspectors were adding to the problem.
He urged the relevant ministries and agencies to tighten control over food safety and hygiene to protect consumers, particularly during the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.
Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Nguyen The Thao said the city would focus on various measures to improve food safety and hygiene in the future, such as organising around 500 points of sale to supply quality food products to local consumers, increasing the dissemination of information and carrying out regular inspections.
At the working session, the participants also expressed concern over the increase of poultry smuggling through the border areas, particularly with the Tet festival approaching.
Minister Phat said the price of chicken in China had dropped after signs of bird flu resurfaced in the country. Meanwhile, the price of chicken in Viet Nam remains high, thus encouraging smugglers to illegally transport chickens from China to Viet Nam for sale, he noted.
He urged the Ha Noi authorities to set up quarantine check points to prevent the entry of smuggled poultry into the city.
Deputy Director of the Ha Noi Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Thi Nhu Mai pointed out that Ha Noi, on its own, could not prevent poultry smuggling. "It is difficult for local authorities to keep poultry smuggling under check when poultry is being illegally transported via the border areas into the city," she said.
The relevant authorities at the border areas should join hands in the fight against poultry smuggling, she added.
Ha Noi consumes around 500 tonnes of beef and poultry products each day, but the city's food producers can meet only 66.5 per cent of the demand, according to the municipal health department.
minister of agriculture and rural development, deputy prime minister vu duc dam, agriculture and rural development, food safety and hygiene, lunar new year festival, cao duc phat, deputy prime minister, vu duc dam, shortage of food, lunar new year, new year festival, nguyen the thao, to set up, industry and trade, rural development
WB announces Vietnam urban wastewater review(18:29 21/01/2014)
Rescue teams sent to stop oil spill threat in Saigon River(17:44 21/01/2014)
Social Headlines January 21(15:58 21/01/2014)
Four workers arrested in the clash at Samsung factory(14:22 21/01/2014)
Wild peach blossoms flood Hanoi streets(10:20 21/01/2014)
Large Tet warehouse burnt down in capital(10:19 21/01/2014)
Second submarine on its way to Vietnam(10:18 21/01/2014)
Many foreigners survive Saigon hydrofoil fire(10:18 21/01/2014)
Bac Ninh: Thousand people surround commune government headquarters(14:07 20/01/2014)
Vietnamese students join hands to protect environment(12:46 20/01/2014)
The special Tet gifts offered by the bosses with initiatives(09:55 20/01/2014)
Police uncover over 44,000 criminal cases in 2013(09:44 20/01/2014)