Food safety vi­o­la­tors hit with VNÑ14b in fines

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

HAØ NOÄI — Nearly 28,000 out of 154,000 food busi­nesses in Haø Noäi were found to have vi­o­lated food safety reg­u­la­tions and faced fines of more than VNÑ14 bil­lion (US$594,700) since Au­gust last year.

Of the vi­o­la­tors, more than 1,000 units had to pay fines ex­ceed­ing a to­tal of VNÑ5.3 bil­lion (US$225,000) and had their un­safe food de­stroyed worth over VNÑ3 bil­lion (US$127,300).

The lack of qual­i­fied of­fi­cials for in­spec­tion ac­tiv­i­ties is ham­per­ing food safety man­age­ment in the cap­i­tal, said Traàn Ngoïc Tuï, head of Haø Noäi’s food safety au­thor­ity.

Small food pro­duc­tion and trad­ing fa­cil­i­ties with­out busi­ness cer­tifi­cates at the com­mune level have not met food safety stan­dards. A ma­jor­ity of con­sumers con­tinue to buy cheap food with­out con­sid­er­ing its qual­ity, he stressed.

The op­er­a­tion of un­hy­gienic live­stock and poul­try slaugh­ter­houses, the in­creas­ing overuse of chem­i­cals in food pro­duc­tion and dif­fi­cul­ties in food safety con­trols for im­ported food prod­ucts are also chal­leng­ing is­sues for the au­thor­i­ties.

Up to 71% of de­vices in VN in­fected with mal­ware

HAØ NOÄI — Up to 71 per cent of com­put­ers and mo­bile de­vices in Vieät Nam are in­fected with mal­ware, an­nounced the Au­thor­ity of In­for­ma­tion Se­cu­rity (AIS).

Ev­ery sec­ond four new mal­ware viruses are re­leased and as many as 170 cy­ber at­tacks oc­cur in Vieät Nam, of which three have spe­cific tar­gets, ac­cord­ing to the AIS.

Cy­ber­se­cu­rity firm Trend Mi­cro in a re­cent re­port ranked Vieät Nam top of South­east Asian coun­tries fall­ing vic­tim to cy­ber at­tacks. Vieät Nam was also among the top 20 coun­tries in the world in­fected with ran­somware, ac­cord­ing to Trend Mi­cro.

Ac­cord­ing to the AIS, there were 1,020 virus-in­fected web­sites that were col­lect­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of Viet­namese in­ter­net users.

AIS head Nguyeãn Thanh Haûi said that more than 90 per cent of in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity breaches hap­pen be­cause of hu­man er­ror, of which a lack of aware­ness of the risks was a main rea­son.

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