Food safety violators hit with VNÑ14b in fines
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.