On December 7, the Market Management Department (MMD) opened the as-yet-uninspected warehouses at the Binh Tay Liquor and Binh Tay Liquor Packing joint-stock companies’ (JSC’s) precinct where they not only found thousands of tons more of expired confections but also smuggled backpacks, handbags, garments, dried foodstuffs, cash registers, china and household appliances.
Officials of MMD check the volume of confections stored at a warehouse owned by BTL JSC
To date, 18 of the owners of the contraband have been located, several among them infamous for smuggling sweets from China.
Along with expired candies, cookies and cakes were also found smuggled backpacks, handbags, garments, dried foodstuffs, cash registers, china and household appliances.
At a warehouse leased by Chung Hoang, mixed into bags of confections with regular invoices, were 2,400 China-made rechargeable cell-phone batteries and 59 lamps. Luong Le, the goods owner, hid 1,792 undocumented polo shirts made in China under boxes of sweets.
MMD Deputy Director Le Xuan Dai said all the goods in the warehouses, including 2,000 boxes of expired confections equivalent to 20 tons of cakes, cookies and candies, are assumed to have been smuggled in from China as they have no certificates of origin.
Mr. Dai added the expired confections were intended to be sold over the Lunar New Year holidays.
On December 08, BTL JSC General Director Nguyen Danh Vinh sent an explanatory note to SGGP in response to its earlier report saying the warehouses were hired by Minh Tam Company under a contract that terminated on August 14. The expired confections were uncovered while the BTL JSC was preparing measures against Minh Tam for illegal use of the BTL/BTLP warehouses.
The MMD has seized the entire stock of expired confections and will destroy it. The MMD is also considering appropriate disciplinary measures against the goods’ owners.
For the sake of the consumers’ health, the MMD said it will carry out checks at big wholesale markets to remove any expired confections found in case some made it into circulation in the market.
Tons of Old Sweets Uncovered in Liquor Distributor’s Warehouses