WB announces report on food safety risk management in Vietnam

The World Bank (WB) held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 27 to announce the report “Food Safety Risk Management in Vietnam: Challenges and Opportunities.”
Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who heads the Central Intersectoral Steering Committee on Food Safety, highlighted the necessity of international organisations’ conducting analyses and comparisons and offering recommendations on food safety in Vietnam, noting that Vietnam is always willing to listen to contributions from international organisations on the issue.
Thanking the WB and international organisations for responsibly supporting Vietnam over the years, he affirmed that following the announcement of the report, the Vietnamese government would continue working with the WB to deploy more specific activities, aiming to spread the report’s recommendations to the entire society.
The most disturbing issue for Vietnam lies in the food products consumed domestically, Dam said, stressing the need to raise public awareness of abiding by laws on producing, processing and providing safe food in addition to enhancing the capabilities of State management agencies on food safety.
According to the deputy PM, Vietnam’s current legal system is relatively sufficient and follows the right direction and the right trend, so what’s most important is to strengthen institutional capabilities from the central to the local level. In addition, it is also necessary to enhance inspection and measurement capacity with the network of laboratories and mobile vehicles, he said.
The report describes the reality of food safety and food safety control systems in Vietnam, analyses food safety risks for a number of main food value chains based on best practices in the world on risk assessment methods and puts forward recommendations to help Vietnam improve food safety, focusing on the pork production chain for the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City markets.
It suggests Vietnam build a risk-based control system of food safety, applying the risk assessment principles—risk management and risk communication—which have been devised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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Gentle Moon 28/3/17 09:15

People are worried after seeing recent reports of unsafe food, particularly the use of banned substances in breeding.

John Smith 28/3/17 09:16

When it comes to food safety, several stages are involved including planting, cultivation or breeding, harvesting, storage, processing and creating meals.

Jane smartnic 28/3/17 09:17

However, consumers, food firms and even those working in the food safety sector have not been sufficiently aware of food safety. That explains why farmers used to spray their crops with the pesticide Vofatoc or mix DDT with their bare hands without knowing they are highly toxic substances.

LawrenceSamuels 28/3/17 09:18

We cannot address the unsafe food issue properly if food producers do business for their benefit only, without caring about others.

yobro yobro 28/3/17 09:19

This is not only a matter of law enforcement, but also of morality, public health and the well-being of the nation’s future generations.

Deck Hero14 28/3/17 09:20

we should not hastily blame the problem on farmers. One major cause of the rampant sale of unsafe food is a lack of regulations and punishments that are strong and strict enough to deter violators.

Pack Cassiopian 28/3/17 09:21

I appreciate the active and positive moves from the media in communicating the food safety issue and helping agencies detect and crack down on violations.

Love Peace 28/3/17 09:23

it’s time for media agencies to focus on helping to raise awareness about the harm of banned substances and pesticides. Let’s help food producers recognise that they sell unsafe vegetables, but also possibly buy unsafe meat.

MaskOf Zero 28/3/17 09:30

Those working in food safety sectors such as food inspectors and animal health or plant protection officers must strictly follow the law.

Pack Cassiopian 28/3/17 09:30

State agencies including the agriculture ministry should set up consumption chains for safe food to serve as an example for farmers and food firms to follow.

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