According to the Law on Food Safety 2010, the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MOARD) and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) are administrative authorities in respect of management of food hygiene and safety. For the implementation of Articles relating to this aspect the three ministries issued Joint Circular No. 13/2014/TTLT-BYT-BNNPTNT-BCT, dated 09 April 2014, guiding the allocation of tasks and coordination in field of state management of food hygiene and safety (JC 13), effective from 26 May 2014. JC 13 specifies particular kinds of foods which belong to the management competence of each Ministry, as well as the proper state management for food retailers/producers that fall between the specified categories.
For food manufacturing entities if the food manufactured falls under the management of the MOH, the entity will be managed by the MOH. If the manufactured food falls under the MOIT and the MOARD, the MOARD will deal with the entity.
For trading entities the MOIT is responsible for the state management of such entities except for wholesale markets and auction sales of agricultural products, which are managed by the MOARD.
The MOH is responsible for management of entities manufacturing or dealing in trading equipment, food packaging material, and food containers, except for specialized cement packaging materials only used for foods falling into the management competence of the MOIT and the MOARD.
Beside JC 13, the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City recently issued Decision No. 14/2014/QD-UBND, dated 14 April 2014, promulgating regulations on grant of certificate of food hygiene and safety to catering service establishments (Decision 14).
According to Decision 14, establishments providing ready-to-eat foods at fixed business locations are subject to requirements of such certificate. An application dossier for obtaining a certificate of food hygiene and safety shall be examined within five business days from the filing date, and the on-site check shall be conducted by the competent authority within ten business days as from the acceptance date of the proper application dossier. The certificate of food hygiene and safety has duration of 3 years from the granting date, and the renewal should be conducted six months prior to such expiration.│