National Assembly concerned over food safety in Vietnam

Even though Vietnam has a detailed legal framework and laws related to food safety and hygiene, the problem remains, said Le Thi Nga, deputy chairwoman of the NA Justice Committee. “Unhygienic food is causing more illnesses, lowering economic competitiveness and badly affecting the country’s image,” Nga said.

Nga said that even though there were laws that protect consumer rights and health, the number of cases involving unhygienic food have kept rising. “We think that is because law enforcement is weak,” she said.

She said, “A minister said only one percent of aqua products, ten percent of vegetables and 7.6 percent of meat have exceed prohibited substances residues like antibiotics.

The deputies thought that the numbers are not accurate yet no agencies bothered to verify these numbers.

The ministers said there were lack of personnel, equipment and funds. The deputies have no way to verify the truth.”

Nga asked to tighten the law enforcement and monitoring over food hygiene. She also demanded a special meeting next month to assess the situation and find solutions.

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