Officials urge tighter food safety control

Chairman of Hà Nội Supermarkets Association Vũ Vinh Phú said that more attention should be paid to the production stage with solving problems of production factors like air, soil and water. A recent  conference, co-organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) showed that in the first half of this year, 0.42 per cent of tested meat contained the banned chemical Sabutamol, almost four per cent of vegetables had excessive concentrations of pesticide, 1.3 per cent of meat contained excessive concentrations of chemicals, and 5.3 per cent of aquaculture products had excessive antibiotics residue.

Chairman of Hà Nội Supermarkets Association Vũ Vinh Phú said that more attention should be paid to the production stage with solving problems of production factors like air, soil and water.

“We are too concentrated on controlling the supply stage. Food safety problems must be addressed from the root, not the top,” Phú said.

The official appealed for the Government to promulgate policies that are strong enough to encourage the production and supply of safe food.

“Consumers need to exercise their “soft” power to boycott those who violate food safety rules and to support those who strictly obey the rules,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nguyễn Hoài Nam, deputy general secretary of the Việt Nam Seafood Exporters and Producers, said that it was time for Vietnamese food producers to tighten co-operation to ensure stable supply both in quality and quantity.

Source:  Officials urge tighter food safety control, Vietnam New, Aug 1, 2016

 

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