Nearly 50 die from food poisoning each year in Vietnam

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Food poisoning has claimed the lives of 46 people a year in Vietnam for the last five years, according to statistics from the Vietnam Food Administration (VFA).

The organization told a meeting in the southern province of Binh Duong on Monday that the country reported 927 food poisoning cases involving 30,733 people, of whom 229 died, during the five-year period.

It said food poisoning involving large groups of people made up 12-20 percent of the total number of food poisoning cases.

Food poisoning involving large groups of people happened most frequently in industrial zones and export processing zones in southeastern cities and provinces, making up 67 percent of the total number of the total number of food poisoning cases in the country as a whole.

Around fifty-four percent of the cases were caused by the consumption of seafood, mostly tuna, VFA said.

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Tuna poisoning happened mostly in Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces, according to VFA.

Some 33.3 percent of 72 food poisoning cases involving workers in IZs and EPZs were caused by microorganisms, 19.4 percent by toxins, and 11.1 percent by chemicals.

The causes of 36.1 percent of the cases were undetermined.

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