WB announces report on food safety risk management in Vietnam

Monday, 2017-03-27 17:39:31
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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam (second from right) speaks at the ceremony.
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NDO—The World Bank (WB) held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 27 to announce the report “Food Safety Risk Management in Vietnam: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who heads the Central Intersectoral Steering Committee on Food Safety, highlighted the necessity of international organisations’ conducting analyses and comparisons and offering recommendations on food safety in Vietnam, noting that Vietnam is always willing to listen to contributions from international organisations on the issue.

Thanking the WB and international organisations for responsibly supporting Vietnam over the years, he affirmed that following the announcement of the report, the Vietnamese government would continue working with the WB to deploy more specific activities, aiming to spread the report’s recommendations to the entire society.

The most disturbing issue for Vietnam lies in the food products consumed domestically, Dam said, stressing the need to raise public awareness of abiding by laws on producing, processing and providing safe food in addition to enhancing the capabilities of State management agencies on food safety.

According to the deputy PM, Vietnam’s current legal system is relatively sufficient and follows the right direction and the right trend, so what’s most important is to strengthen institutional capabilities from the central to the local level. In addition, it is also necessary to enhance inspection and measurement capacity with the network of laboratories and mobile vehicles, he said.

The report describes the reality of food safety and food safety control systems in Vietnam, analyses food safety risks for a number of main food value chains based on best practices in the world on risk assessment methods and puts forward recommendations to help Vietnam improve food safety, focusing on the pork production chain for the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City markets.

It suggests Vietnam build a risk-based control system of food safety, applying the risk assessment principles—risk management and risk communication—which have been devised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).