Rule on standard conformity relaxed for food

09-Feb-2018 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Yogurt imported into Vietnam is no longer subject to hygiene and quarantine checks by the ministries of health and agriculture, according to Decree 15/2018/ND-CP guiding the implementation of some articles of the law on food safety and hygiene.

The decree, coming into force on February 2, 2018 and replacing Decree 38/2012/ND-CP, has made life easier for food traders with the removal of overlapping inspection requirements.

Under Decree 15, food traders and producers must provide information about processed products, food additives, substances for use in food processing, and packaging materials directly contacting food. With additives, nutritious products for children aged under 36 months and food supplements, registration for the announcement of regulation conformity with the competent management body is still required before the product is circulated on the market.

The new decree also allows processed food for export and domestic consumption to be free from the announcement of conformity to regulations.

Dau Anh Tuan, head of the Legal Department at the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the decree has lessened the burden on food traders, keeping them from spending months asking for regulation conformity announcements and huge inspection costs.

Previous overlapping inspections were said to be a waste of money and resources, whereas a shift from pre-inspections to post-inspections of products is necessary.

According to data of the working team on administrative reforms last August, enterprises needed to spend a total of 28.6 million days and VND14.3 trillion for specialised inspections of exported and imported products at the time of customs clearance, but few violations were detected.

The rate of products relating to food safety and hygiene subject to inspections is 19.1 percent, whereas specialised inspections account for 41.2 percent. For instance, chocolate needs 13 certificates, with 12 for materials and one for conformity announcement.

With such requirements lifted, the rate of specialised inspections is expected to be brought down to 15 percent from 30-35 percent.


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