American prepackaged caramel apples not yet registered in Vietnam

Concerning to a warning of American-imported apples and prepackaged caramel apples contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Food Administration of Vietnam said that there had not been the products registered in Vietnam since January, 2012.

The Ministry of Health has asked the National Department of Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance to check importers of American apples and put poisoning cases under close observation to have good treatment.

The Department of Plant protection was asked to tighten control in border gates in the northern province of Hai Phong, the central city of Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

Following the warning issued on Jan. 20th by International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN), as of January 10, 2015, there were 31 people infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes in 11 states of the United States. At least three deaths were reported. Ten illnesses were pregnancy and one illness resulted in a fetal loss. 25 out of 28 people interviewed said that they had eaten processing and prepackaged caramel apples.

By staff writers - translated by Uyen Phuong

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