Hanoi pilot bears fruit

08:35 | 05/06/2018 Society

(VEN) - Hanoi has piloted fruit store management in its 12 urban districts over more than seven months. The project has contributed to improving consumer awareness of food safety standards in fruit sales, purchase and consumption.

hanoi pilot bears fruit
Photo: Can Dung

The focus of the campaign is on individual business households, small-size stores, vendors, wholesale markets and traditional markets, where the majority of fruit on the shelves are of unspecified origins, and which do not have adequate facilities for storage or preservation.

The Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade reported that as of the end of March, there were 941 fruit shops in Hanoi’s 12 urban districts. Of these, 794 have been granted business registration certificates, 715 stores have been granted food safety certification or made food safety commitments, 817 shops have fruit preservation equipment, 657 stores have fruit quality control equipment, and 872 have fruit shelves. Almost 2,700 or 87.3 percent of all fruit store workers have access to regular healthcare.

People’s committees of urban districts have granted project signboards to 520 fruit shops, up 48 percent from 2017. In this regard, high-achieving districts included Hoang Mai (62 percent), Dong Da (64 percent), Nam Tu Liem (68 percent), Hai Ba Trung (72 percent), and Thanh Xuan (71 percent).

The Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade arranged for food preservation equipment providers – SANAKI and ALASKA – to sell their products to fruit shop owners in the city at a price 10-15 lower than the list price. The city’s development fund and the State Bank of Vietnam’s Hanoi branch informed owners of credit programs and policies so they could borrow capital.

As one of the first four districts joining the project, 50 of 115 fruit shops in Cau Giay have received project signboards (the target was 44 stores). Cau Giay District People’s Committee Deputy Chairman Tran Viet Ha said local authorities would help substandard fruit stores achieve certification and signboard standards for all fruit stores this year. Hanoi has also set a goal for all of fruit shops in the capital to obtain certification by the end of 2018.

City districts will review and update fruit shop databases, work with the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade to conduct workshops on safe fruit business and regulations for fruit shop owners, and would remove unlicensed street and sidewalk vendors.

Thanh Ha