Ministry issues strict food safety regulations to agro exporters

Workers of an exporters process agricultural products ( File Photo: SGGP)
Workers of an exporters process agricultural products ( File Photo: SGGP)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued a new circular warning agencies of temporary ban on agricultural exports if food hygiene and safety norms are violated, amounting to freeze in exports for one year.

Enterprises found to violate food hygiene and safety regulations of importers will be ordered to stop export of agricultural products into that particular country or firms that have three batches of products that fail to meet the food safety regulations of importers will have to stop exporting for one year, said the ministry warning.

This is one of the most important contents in the ministry circular, which also stated that exporting companies of any batches of products which receive warnings of food hygiene violations of importers must produce certificate of origin, and such products will be seized or destroyed as per ministry rules.

The circular also regulates that vegetable, fruit and flavoring vegetables must have food hygiene and safety certificates issued by responsible agencies. These produces should be processed by units that meet Viet Gap or Global Gap standards for export.
 

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