At the same time, this Decree regulated the fine level for acts of administrative violations on food safety assurance, specifically: Fines of from 3,000,000 VND to 5,000,000 VND for using meat or meat products without undergoing or fail the test on veterinary hygiene; Fines of from 10,000,000 VND to 15,000,000 VND for using ingredients that do not ensure food safety or from unknown origins for producing and processing food.

For the violations of the regulations on using chemicals during the production of food, the Decree clearly regulated the fine level with fines of from 15,000,000 VND to 25,000,000 VND for using expired chemicals, chemicals from unknown origins, or chemicals without expiry date during the production of food; Fines of from 30,000,000 VND to 50,000,000 VND for using prohibited chemicals during the production of food.

Besides, according to the Decree, to fine 7 times of the value of violating food, applicable to the acts of violations if the highest fine in the fine bracket is smaller than 7 times of the value of violating food at the time of committing violations, but the fine must not exceed 100,000,000 VND.

Depending on the nature and extent of violations, the organizations and individuals that commit administrative violations are also subject to one of the following forms of additional penalties: Depriving the right to use the Certificate of fulfillment of food safety conditions; the Reception Note of Declaration of Conformity; Confiscating the exhibits and instruments used for committing administrative violations of food safety. Apart from the forms of penalties, the organizations and individuals that commit administrative violations must also take one ore more remedial measures as follows: Enforcing the restoration of the original condition that have been changed while committing the violations; Enforcing the recall, destruction, or reprocessing the food, food ingredients, food additives, food processing supplements, instruments and materials for wrapping and storing food that commit violations…

This Decree takes effect on December 25th 2012 and annuls some articles of the Decree No. 45/2005/ND-CP dated April 06, 2005

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