The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council on Tuesday passed a resolution on the establishment of the Department of Food Safety, which starts operating on January 1 next year.
The southern metropolis is the first locality in Vietnam to set up a food safety department.
The department will operate under the management of the municipal People’s Committee and follow professional directions and instructions from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
The establishment of the department is an upgrade of the six-year pilot operation of the municipal Food Safety Management Board.
The move is also in line with the National Assembly’s Resolution 98 on special mechanisms and policies for Ho Chi Minh City’s development.
In particular, the lawmaking body allowed the city to establish the Department of Food Safety.
With a population of over 10 million people, the demand for food in Ho Chi Minh City is huge, making it a hub for the circulation of a large volume of locally-produced and imported food products.
Therefore, the establishment of the Department of Food Safety is vital.
The municipal Food Safety Management Board has been operating on a trial basis for over six years since December 2016.