During the action month, from April 15 till May 15, six intersectoral groups will be set up to inspect food safety in 12 cities and provinces. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The action month on food safety will take place from April 15 till May 15, focusing on the fight against low-quality and counterfeit food to protect consumers.

It will feature an array of activities, including a communication campaign, conferences, workshops and inspections.

Six intersectoral groups will be set up to inspect food safety in 12 cities and provinces, namely Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri, Can Tho, Soc Trang, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Lang Son, Bac Giang, Quang Nam and Da Nang.

Unscheduled inspections will also be conducted by the Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Industry and Trade.

Press agencies and newspapers have been encouraged to participate in the communication campaign, under which safe products and production and business models will be honoured, and violators of regulations on food safety will be named and shamed.

The programme aims to promote the role and responsibility of organiations, individuals and businesses in implementing laws on food safety, and step up food safety inspections, especially in key cities and provinces as well as border localities.

In 2018, market management forces inspected 14,264 cases of food safety violations, of which 8,466 were handled with administrative fines amounting to more than 19.5 billion VND (838,500 USD).

Meanwhile, environment police detected 6,176 cases violating food safety regulations, involving 5,042 individuals and 809 organisations.-VNA