Only 30% of consumers in Hanoi believe that foods with safety certificate are safe, according to Nguyen Thi Hong Minh, a former deputy agriculture minister. The proportion in Ho Chi Minh City is higher, at 70%. Test results can be “bought” while other certificates can be easily obtained without any food safety tests, she said.
Depending on the sector, the three agencies that issue food safety certificates are the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Health and Industry and Trade.
But according to Minh, all three fail to carry out sufficient surveillance after issuing the certificate.
Source: Vietnamese consumers find it hard to trust food safety management, Thanh Nien, Jun 17, 2016