How unsafe food reaches Vietnamese’s dining-table?, Vietnam Net Bridge, 3 January 2016.

An edited extract of the original article is reproduced below.

As the New Year holidays are coming, contaminated sausage, smoked pork legs made of expired frozen meat, and dried grapes dyed of industrial colorings are slipping into stores and supermarkets.

Lieutenant Tran Anh Tuan, deputy head of the environmental crime prevention police agency (PC49) of Hanoi Police, said that combating unsafe food was still a big problem in the Lunar New Year 2016.

In fact, many food processing facilities are using banned chemicals and substances of new kinds, which are hard to guess the name, causing difficulty for the authorities in detection…

Among the most popular foods for the Lunar New Year, pork piesare at the highest risk of being contaminated with chemicals and additives with high content. Lieutenant Colonel Phac said many facilities have no longer used borax to make pork pies tough and crunchy, but are using a new kind of chemical in order to cope with the  test…

According to the police, in 2015, Hanoi enterprises imported about 500 tons of buffalo meat from India and Australia. In the import papers, the importers labeled the product as buffalo meat in form of pieces (thigh, rump meat, abdomen meat).

However, from the second distributors, they cheated customers by deleting the word “buffalo” on the label. They only printed on the packaging thigh, rump meat, etc…

According to the police, low-price dried grapes, melon and sunflower seeds are still illegally imported from China. These products are then divided into small bags and boxes, labeled with Vietnamese, American or Australian brands to sell to the market…

 

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