Health authorities suspend operations of additive company

The wholesale market Kim Bien sells various additives without origins

The Health authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have suspended all operations of the Hong A Additive Ltd. Company in district 11 with immediate effect.

During an inspection of the company on April 25, health authorities found that the company had no licensed certificate for food hygiene and safety requirements. Health authorities hence halted the operations of the company and took additive samples for testing.

HCMC Food Administration and health inspectors are on alert after a scare that some kind of “beef extract” additive from China was floating in the market that can turn pork into beef.

The inspectors checked the sale of additives in Kim Bien Market in district 5 on the same day. The inspection teams found 20 stores and 5 booths selling beef additives under the guise of powdered flour in 500-gram packs and liquid additive in one-liter bottles.

By Tuong Lam - Translated by Kim Xuyen

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