Vietnam targets food poisoning reduction as a priority in 2016

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

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Related tags: Food poisoning, Ho chi minh, Ho chi minh city

Food safety officials in Vietnam have highlighted the prevention of food poisoning outbreaks among its priorities for 2016. 

Vietnam recorded 171 food poisoning cases in 2015, which affected nearly 5,000 people and killed 23. This represents a slight decrease of 22 cases compared to 2014, according to the Vietnam Food Administration, which operates under the health ministry. 

The number of cases occurring in households have been controlled, while the figures for factory and school canteens have followed a downward trend, the administration said. 

Nguyen Thanh Phong, who headstone VFA, investment will be channelled to increase officials and equipment deployed in detecting and preventing the sale of contaminated produce, which is central to many of Vietnam’s food poisoning outbreaks. 

He said that special food safety inspections will be piloted in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, while campaigns to raise awareness will continue. 

Related topics: Policy, South East Asia, Food safety

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