Food Hygiene

Case study of Healthy Food Market in Haiphong, Viet Nam

Deon Mahoney, Consultant, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific,


Ga market is a big commercial center of Ngo Quyen district. It was founded in 1993. The market was originated from an automobile repair garage with the total area of 9 000 square meters. There are more than 1 000 registered vendors in the market. Food selling is not the main business of the market with 30 food vendors. The overall aim of the healthy marketplace programme is to improve food safety and environmental sanitation of the market.

1. Improve infrastructure and environmental sanitation of the market

2.  Increase the awareness and change behavior/good practice of leadership and vendors as well as customers in food hygiene and safety.

3. Develop a model of healthy marketplace to introduce to other cities in Viet Nam.

Outcome indicators:

Provide quantitative data on the success of the healthy marketplace in improving public health. This is the overarching indicator, and the most difficult to quantify.

  1. Number of outbreaks/cases of food borne disease in Hai Phong and relating to the market each year from 1997 to 2000.
  2. Number of food contaminants detected (such as excess levels of microorganisms, antibiotic residues, illegal food additives, etc) in Ga market and in Hai Phong from 1997 – 2000.
  3. Increase of trade benefit, customers of the market.
  4. Increase of the awareness of vendors on food hygiene and safety (survey)
  1. Number/rate of sellers demonstrating good personal hygiene and food safety practices, out of total number of sellers (survey)



Written by geraldmoy

March 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm