Circular No. 25/2019/TT-BYT dated August 30, 2019 of the Ministry of Health on tracing origin of food products managed by the Ministry of Health
To store information to trace origin of the expired food products in 12 months
This content is prescribed in the Circular No. 25/2019/TT-BYT dated August 30, 2019 on tracing origin of food products managed by the Ministry of Health.
Accordingly, food product manufacturing or trading establishments shall trace origin of unsafe food products as soon as detecting or receiving warnings about such products and send written reports on results of food product origin tracing to competent agencies within 05 working days after detecting or receiving warnings.
Food product manufacturing and trading establishments shall archive and maintain their food product tracing data systems for at least 12 months from the expiry date of every product lot, or 24 months from the manufacturing date of every product lot, for containers and primary packages of food and food products for which the indication of expiry date is not required.
Food product manufacturing and trading establishments shall analyze and identify reasons for food product lots subject to origin tracing to become unsafe. Unsafe food products shall be recalled and disposed of in accordance with law.
This Circular takes effect on October 16, 2019.
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translation of the Official Gazette of the Vietnam News Agency
THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Hanoi, August 30, 2019
On tracing origin of food products managed by the Ministry of Health
Pursuant to June 17, 2010 Law No. 55/2010/QH12 on Food Safety;
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 15/2018/ND-CP of February 2, 2018, detailing a number of articles of the Law on Food Safety;
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 75/2017/ND-CP of June 20, 2017, defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Ministry of Health;
At the proposal of the Director of the Vietnam Food Administration,
The Minster of Health promulgates the Circular on tracing origin of food products managed by the Ministry of Health,
Article 1. Scope of regulation
This Circular prescribes principles, cases of origin tracing and responsibilities for tracing origin of food, micronutrients added to food, food additives, flavoring, food processing aids, containers and primary packages of food managed by the Ministry of Health (below referred to as food products) prescribed in Appendix II to the Government’s Decree No. 15/2018/ND-CP of February 2, 2018.
Article 2. Subjects of application
This Circular applies to organizations and individuals engaged in manufacture of and trading in food products mentioned in Article 1 of this Circular (below referred to as establishments); and other agencies, organizations and individuals involved in the assurance of food safety under the Ministry of Health’s management in Vietnam.
Article 3. Principles of tracing origin of food products
1. Origin of food products shall be traced on the “one step forward, one step back” principle, ensuring monitoring and identification of previous manufacturing stages and subsequent manufacturing stages in manufacturing establishments; and previous manufacturing and trading establishments and subsequent manufacturing and trading establishments that have manufactured or traded in food products.
2. Origin of food products shall be traced by manufacturing lot for food products that need tracing.