The Ministry of Public Health launched an Action Month for Food Quality, Safety and Hygiene 2013 at a ceremony in the southern province of Dong Nai on April 9.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said over the past years, relevant ministries, agencies and localities have taken drastic measures to ensure food hygiene and safety, but the results have failed to meet expectation.

He said the number of violations in food safety and hygiene has not decreased, posing challenges for relevant authorities.

In particular, the Deputy PM underscored two pressing issues, including poor food safety and hygiene at companies’ canteens and the smuggling of poultry, especially in the context of the avian influenza threat, including the more common H5N1 type A and the recently emerging H7N9.

Nhan highlighted the theme of the action month, which aims to stop illegal transport and trading of poultry and improve food safety at canteens operated by enterprises.-VNA