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Ho Chi Minh City to keep close eye on chemical business after food hygiene scares
Thanh Nien News is reporting today that in a new effort to address persistent food safety problems, authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, plan to tighten control over distributors of chemicals, who are accused of supplying toxins that are allegedly found in many of local foods.
The city is to establish an 11-hectare centre in District 8, to house more than 600 chemical shops next year, reports say, citing a plan which was discussed at a municipal meeting on Tuesday.
A majority of the targeted stores are in Kim Bien, a District 5-based wholesale market dubbed 'death market' after its exposure by the media as the supplier of dangerous substances in numerous food safety scares.
Tran Vinh Tuyen, vice chairman of the city People's Committee, was quoted as saying at the meeting that removing the chemical business from Kim Bien is not only to secure the market's fire safety.
The "most important" consideration, , he said, is that once the stores are brought into the centre where local authorities are better able to oversee them, local authorities will be able to ensure better food safety and hygiene.
Image: Containers of chemical substances displayed at a store at Kim Bien Market, Ho Chi Minh City, courtesy of Doc Lap
4th August 2016