In 2022, with the implementation of Directive No. 17/CT-TTg dated 19 June 2018 on strengthening the fight against smuggling, trade fraud, production and trading of counterfeit and poor-quality goods belonging to the group of pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, functional foods, medicinal herbs and traditional medicine, the Vietnamese authorities detected and handled 3,527 violations. This was 13% lesser than the previous year with functional foods representing 822 cases in total.
This was a steady improvement on the fight against smuggling and counterfeit goods in Vietnam since the Prime Minister issued Directive No. 17/CT-TTg. Apparently, there was no public display of fake and poor-quality cosmetics and functional foods in the markets, streets, and small shops as can be seen before.
Nevertheless, some ministries and branches are still slagging in terms of coordination as well as reporting or providing information. In addition, there is a need to improve the efficiency of the inspection and testing facilities, and the recruitment of suitable technical staffs in this field.
Meanwhile, there is still ongoing violation for health food advertising on online channels like Youtube and Facebook.