Food safety is of particular concern to the Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development (MARD) as well as the Government, said MARD Deputy
Minister Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu.
Thu made the statement
at a seminar in Hanoi on June 26 that focuses on building and
developing safe chains of food supply.
The seminar was
jointly held by the MARD, the International Support Group and the “Food
and Agricultural Product Quality Development and Control” (FAPQDC)
project funded by the Canadian Government.
In the past, unsafe agricultural products have significantly eroded consumer confidence, Thu said.
Therefore, in order to build safer chains of supply, the ministry will
work closely with relevant agencies from production to distribution,
The seminar is part of the FAPQDC project,
which lasts from 2008 to March, 2013 with the aim to improve the
quality, safety and appeal of agricultural products by applying ‘good
production practices’ (GPP) and ‘quality control systems’.
To ease consumer worries over unsafe agricultural products in the
market place, Nguyen Xuan Hong, Head of the MARD’s Plant Protection
Department, said that Vietnam has the capacity to control the level
of chemicals in its agricultural products.
However, he suggested that consumers should only buy products that clearly state their origin and have been inspected.-VNA