No Sanlu milk in Viet Nam, says VFA

Contaminated powdered milk produced by China’s Sanlu Group is not available in markets in either Ha Noi or Ho Chi Minh City, said a health official of the Viet Nam Food Administration (VFA), part of the Ministry of Health on Thursday.

The VFA carried out a four-day inspection of milk stores and markets to detect tainted Chinese powdered milk, said Mr. Nguyen Hung Long, deputy head of VFA.

On Wednesday, an inspection team went around Dong Xuan, the biggest market in Ha Noi. They confiscated two bags of milk that had no indication of origin and were being sold by weight at the Kim Dinh stand. The sellers could not present registration certificates.

In addition, the supervisors found kiosks Suu and Phuong Lan that sold various canned foods with labels only in Chinese. The inspectors asked the market management board to watch business activities closely.

In the meantime, inspectors from HCMC’s Department of Health visited milk booths in Binh Tay Market in District 6. They seized several kinds of powdered milk of dubious quality for melamine test. Sellers said that purchasers don’t care about labels of origin because they use such milk for making cake, yoghurt or cream.

Mr. Long warned that clients to buy only milk with Vietnamese-language labels and the seal of VFA.

By T. Kien , Tuong Lam - Translated by Ngoc Anh

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