THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH – THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT – THE MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE

Joint Circular No. 34/2014/TTLT-BYT-BNNPTNT-BCT dated October 27, 2014 of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade guiding the goods label for some foods, food additives and aids for processing packaged foods
Pursuant to the Law on food safety dated June 17, 2010;
Pursuant to the Decree No.38/2012/ND-CP dated April 25, 2012 stipulating in details the execution of some articles of the Law on food safety;
Pursuant to the Decree No.89/2006/ND-CP dated August 30, 2006 by the Government on goods labels;
Pursuant to the Decree No.63/2012/ND-CP dated August 31, 2012 by the Government stipulating functions, duties, authorities and organizational structures of the Ministry of Health;
Pursuant to the Decree No. 199/2013/ND-CP dated November 26, 2013 by the Government stipulating functions, duties, authorities and organizational structures of the Ministry of Industry and Trade;
At the proposal by Director of Food Safety Department – Ministry of Health, Chief of Science and Technology Department – Ministry of Industry and Trade, Director of National Agro- Forestry – Fisheries Quality Assurance Department – Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development;
The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Industry and Trade have issued the Joint Circular guiding goods label for foods, food additives and  packaged food processing aids,
Chapter I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1. Scope of adjustment and subject of application
1. This Joint Circular stipulates the goods label for processed foods, food additives and packaged food processing aids circulating in Vietnam (Hereinafter referred to as the product).
2. This Joint Circular is not applied to genetically modified foods, preliminarily processed foods, fresh foods which are not sold directly to consumers and plainly packaged foods (unclosed packaging).
3. Labels of the products produced for export must ensure no deviation from true nature of the product, no violation of Vietnam law and the importers’ law.
4. This Joint Circular is applied to organizations, individuals as producers, traders and importers of processed foods, food additives and packaged food processing aids in Vietnam.
Article 2. Interpretation of terms
In this Joint Circular, some terms are construed as follows:
1. Product labels mean handwritings, printouts, drawings, photocopies of letters, images being affixed, printed, molded, and inscribed directly on the product, product packages or on other materials attached to the product, product packages to show necessary information about that product.
a) Main part of labels (front part) means a part of the label that allows easiest and clearest view to consumers under normal display conditions, designed according to actual size of product and commercial packages;
b) Remaining part of labels means a part of the label where mandatory information and others are described. Back part of the label (side part) may be in close proximity, opposite, above or under front part of the label;
c) ­Secondary label is the label showing the information which is mandatory to be translated into Vietnamese from a foreign language and added with mandatory issues in Vietnamese which is missing in original label.
2. Ingredients of the product mean all substances, raw materials and additives used to produce foods and exist in finished products even if their forms have been changed.