Hanoi ramps up local agri-inspections due to lack of safe local food

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

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Related tags: Supply and demand, Fruit

Hanoi’s city’s authorities have ordered agriculture inspectors to double down on food inspections to increase the amount of safe local food available for consumers.

The Hanoi People’s Committee also demanded the tightening in the management of wholesale markets in the city, as well as the monitoring of canteens.

Markets supply the Vietnamese capital’s 7.5m residents each day with 800-1,000 tonnes of meat, 340-400 tonnes of seafood and 2,500 tonnes of vegetables, though there is a massive shortfall in local production.

Many areas around Hanoi are zoned for agriculture, though there have been mounting problems concerning food safety, blamed on how production and distribution is managed and monitored.

Currently, areas around Hanoi can only meet 60% of demand for food and 18% for fruit and vegetables, leaving other localities and imports to take the slack.

According to the inspection results, pesticide residues have been found in 11 vegetable samples in 110 production facilities across the city.

Related topics: Policy, Food safety, South East Asia

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