Expected outcomes are as follows
1. A refined and strengthened subsidiary legal framework for the inspectional component of Vietnam’s national food control system that articulates clearly to Vietnam’s agri-food industry, consumers and international trading partners; the distinct inspectional jurisdictions of each involved ministry and the clearly defined subset of laws and regulations on inspectional and enforcement components that each ministry enforces;
2. An enhanced national food inspectional program that is based on comprehensive, highly structured annual plans that identify national inspectional priorities for domestically produced and imported foods according to the risks posed by particular foods or food production/processing sectors;
3. Improved capacity of food inspection system and a better trained and guided inspectorate force that has clear understanding of, and training in, the principles and practices of modern food inspection and which is guided in its duties by standardized technical guidelines to assist in implementation of national inspection plans.
4. A viable and effective tertiary food inspection educational component within the national university system that is positioned to provide a continuing workforce of specialized food inspectors that has the knowledge and skills necessary to fully inspect and check food safety and lead it into the future.
5. A coordinated inter-ministerial approach to food inspection that ensures consistency in inspectional approaches and practices across responsible ministries and minimizes redundancies and overlap in the national food control system
Stakeholders and Target Beneficiaries
The primary stakeholders would be MOH, through the VFA, DH of 63 cities/provinces, sub-VFAs in particular and other relevant ministries as the capacity of Food safety inspectors (FSIs) and Food safety collaborators (FSICs) would be enhanced. With the improved capacity, the agencies could deliver food safety inspection to food handlers.
Other stakeholders include different foreign and local agencies/organizations concerned in the implementation of the food safety inspection services in the country. The direct beneficiaries will be officials responsible for various aspects of food control in Viet Nam including policy makers, inspectors and other officials, as well as employees of small and medium-sized enterprises involved in food production, processing, distribution and exports.
Finally, the project will benefit the general population through an increased supply of safe food that is both domestically produced and imported.