Three batches of soft drinks with high level of lead removed from market

The inspection team of the Ministry of Health has decided to withdraw three batches of products of URC Vietnam in Thach That-Quoc Oai Industrial Park in Hanoi from market because the products have high level of lead, said Deputy Chief Inspectorate Nguyen Van Nhien  of the ministry in last weekend

URC's products include the lemon green tea C2 and the strawberry energy drink Rong Do (Red Dragon) (Photo: SGGP)

The decision was based on current regulations and the latest tests conducted by the National Nutrition Institute.

The unsafe products are lemon green tea C2 and the strawberry energy drink Rong Do (Red Dragon) produced by URC Vietnam.

The batches of the lemon green tea C2 produced on February 4, 2016 and expiring on February 4, 2017 have lead content of 0.085 mg/l while the company announced the lead level in the products is less than or equal to 0.05 mg/l.

The strawberry energy drink Rong Do (Red Dragon) manufactured on February 19, 2016 with November 19, 2016 has the content of lead of 0.053 mg/l yet as per the company’s announcement it is less than or equal to  0.05 mg/l.

Another batch of the strawberry energy drink Rong Do manufactured on November 10, 2015 with expiry date August 10, 2016 has lead level of 0.068 mg/l while it is written on document less than or equal to 0,05 mg/l.

The ministry inspectors required the company to temporarily stop circulation of substandard batches of soft drinks as per the decision as well as take back them from the market. Additionally, the company has to report the detailed number of produced products, the total amount of low quality product sold and products in stock.

Moreover, the company has to report materials used for production of the low quality products and send to the inspectors no later than May 23.

These products can be circulated again in the market only when the company complies with the regulations of food safety and hygiene.

By MINH KHANG – translated by Uyen Phuong

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