An article published on October 4, 2018, by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, informed that “the Vietnam Food Administration’s (VFA) Decree on the Provision on Civil Penalties for Food Safety Violations [(115/2018/ND-CP)]” will take effect on October 20, 2018.

This decree “specifies various fines, including those for the production of unsafe food contact packaging, implements and containers.” Compared to the previous Decree 178/2013/ND-CP that is being replaced now, fines for certain actions have increased by two or three times, what “signal[s] the intent of authorities to tighten enforcement.” In addition to fines, “products deemed unsafe may [also] be recalled, confiscated, or destroyed.”

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Chemical Watch (October 4, 2018). “Vietnam issues civil penalties for unsafe FCMs.