17 companies fined on food safety violation

Vietnam's Food Administration July 21 fined 17 companies for violation in advertising of nutrition supplement drug and food safety in a bid to enhance the management on foodstuff.

The food watchdog fined seven companies which overemphasized and exaggerated the nutrition supplements and ten companies for violating food safety and hygiene regulations. Total fines is VND211 million (US$ 9,917).

Vinh Gia and Ha Tay Pharmaceutical Company; Trung My; Hiep Phong; Giang Hoai; Hanex; Bao Binh An; Thuy Ta; V&T, Rodha Dyechem Vietnam in Hanoi; Viet My Chemical Distributor; An Ky in Hanoi; Brenntag representative office in Hanoi and Connell Bros Vietnam received penalties for violations.

Along with financial fines, the food watchdog asked violators to remove all wrong advertisement in media and to destroy unsafe and expired food and additives.

Regarding to the news that fast food contain cancer-causing ingredients, tests were soon carried out to check these foods. Tests results showed that  no carcinogens like Acrylamide and PAHs were found in samples of snacks and potato chips collected from Nguyen Cao Market, Ba Trieu and Lo Duc streets in Hanoi.

By Quoc Lap - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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