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Spontaneous business places occupying pavements are on the increase Update 20-01-2020 04:27
In Dong Nai province, there are 166 markets that are operating under planning including 40 urban markets and 126 rural markets. The province’s market system has contributed to dealing with the issues of social security, jobs and income for more than 20,000 business households. Besides planned markets, the development of spontaneous markets makes market management has made it difficult to ensure food safety and hygiene.

There are 166 active markets within planning


* Focusing on the inspection of food safety and hygiene at markets


According to a report by the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, in 2018 Binh Loi market in Vinh Cuu district and Tan Hanh market in Bien Hoa city were upgraded. In addition,  Dau Giay and Tan Lap markets in Thong Nhat district and Vinh An market in Vinh Cuu were  upgraded and repaired with a fresh food area with a total amount of VND1.2 billion from the funding of LIFSAP project. Up to now, 41 markets in the province have invested in a fresh food area that receives the assistance from LIFSAP project and 1 market with the investment capital from the Ministry of Industry and Trade under the pilot market model to ensure food safety and hygiene.


To ensure food safety in markets, the province has set up food safety inspection teams in markets. Up to now, the province has established 97 food safety inspection teams, accounting for 58.43%. The inspection team has disseminated propaganda contents to the households doing business in markets to ask them to comply with the introduction of fresh and raw food into markets; offer guidance on the measures of selling, transporting and preserving food in the business process; notify the list of local slaughterhouses meeting food safety and hygiene standards for business households to contact to get information and goods for trading; inspect meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and so on being sold in markets, thereby detecting and promptly handling the business cases that have not complied with the business of cattle and poultry meat that have not gone through control and quarantine of veterinary agencies to ensure food safety and hygiene. In 2018, inspection teams conducted and coordinated with concerned agencies to conduct 909 tests, and take 577 quick test samples. As a result, 30 households violated the regulations for trading food products with unknown origins, and meat products without any quarantine stamps; 23 food samples with borax. Also, 48 food samples were tested for excessive nitrate residues. The total fines of administrative violations were nearly VND34 million, 12.5 kg of yellow noodles, cha lua, cha ca, banh Su, 10 kg of fried onions and 5 kg of pork and so on were confiscated and destroyed, contributing to improving efficiency to ensure food safety and hygiene in markets, preventing poisoning cases.


Particularly, in 2018 Department of Industry and Trade took the lead in its coordination with concerned departments, sectors, localities and units to open 53 points of selling safe food products (including 40 points of selling meat and 13 points of selling vegetables) in 8 markets in 5 districts: Trang Bom, Thong Nhat, Tan Phu, Long Khanh town and Bien Hoa city in the form of a safe food product supply chain. Up to now, the provincial Department of Industry and Trade has established 99 safe food product selling points in 12 markets in the 5 above districts.


It is necessary to continue establishing safe food locations in the market in the form of a chain of traceability


In addition, the operation of the Food Safety Inspection Group in markets is still faced up with a lot of weaknesses or lacks specialized means and tools for food inspection and testing. The awareness of business people is not poor, and buyers still love to buy low price products but have not focused on the quality of goods, food safety and hygiene, and so on resulting in the difficulties in the management of food safety and hygiene in markets.


To overcome this issue, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade Le Van Loc said, the Department has proposed the Provincial People’s Committee to assign itself to continue the establishment of safe food selling points in markets in the form of traceability.


* It is difficult to manage spontaneous markets


According to Dong Nai Department of Industry and Trade, in the past years the Department of Industry and Trade and localities have paid attention to dealing with the province’s spontaneous business locations. However, spontaneous business locations occupying pavements for doing business have still appeared and tended to increase, especially in localities with industrial parks or in the areas crowded with workers.


Along the roads near industrial parks or the areas crowded with workers, we can easily come across many spontaneous markets selling vegetables, meat and fish that are displayed into roads which are mostly occupied by these markets. As functional forces come, sellers move their products close to the sidewalk but keep displaying their products back into roads after functional forces leave.


Ms. Nguyen Thi Yen, a worker in Ho Nai industrial park, Long Binh ward, said: “When I get home from work, I do not have much time. So I buy food at spontaneous markets near my industrial park and this is very convenient. Though I know food products do not have a clear origin, I am attracted by cheap prices.”


Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, 9 spontaneous markets in the province including 5 in Bien Hoa city, 1 in Long Thanh district, and 3 in Nhon Trach district were removed in 2018. However, there are about 100 active spontaneous markets in the province due to the fact that some localities have not followed rules strictly enough together with many people’s habit of buying things anywhere and anytime. Also, spontaneous business households hire the space inside or in front of front houses to do business, which has made it more difficult for functional forces to deal with problems.


Duy Minh (N. Lan)


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