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Ben Thanh in Ho Chi Minh City turns into safe-food market

Wednesday, August 03, 2016, 15:21 GMT+7

A pilot project implemented by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade in 2016-20 has recently turned two large markets into safe-food suppliers.

According to the project, Ben Thanh Market in District 1 and Hoc Mon Produce Wholesale Market in Hoc Mon District have been transformed into model markets that ensure food safety.

The model has been applied to food service as well as the trade of certain farming produce, including vegetables, pork, and more.

Food sold at those markets must include receipts, invoices, and safety certificates.

Vendors are required to have business registration certificates, certificates of food safety knowledge, an annual health certificate following the regulations by the Ministry of Health, and personal protection equipment during the production and trading process.

The markets must ensure hygiene and complete infrastructure.

Based on the results achieved by the two model markets, 12 other marketplaces in Ho Chi Minh City will follow suit between 2017 and 2020.

The project is expected to be applied citywide after that.

Situated in the heart of the southern metropolis, Ben Thanh Market is an attraction popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, ao dai (Vietnam’s traditional long gown), souvenirs, and local cuisine.

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