Following media reports about chemical-laden porridge, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has started issuing fines to several city businesses, said an official on December 2.
Chief investigator Nguyen Minh Hung said out of 55 businesses selling “nutritious” porridge, inspectors fined 27 shops and suspended operations of three others in districts 7, Go Vap and Hoc Mon. In total, porridge shop owners have now been fined over VND100 million.
Inspectors said they discovered several breaches of health and hygiene regulations including employees working without health certificates and unsafe food processing conditions.
The inspection team has taken more porridge samples for tests.
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