Some 27 tons of nearly-expired beef and chicken were found in the cold storages of Vietnam Metro Cash &Carry, Binh Duong Province, on August 13. The company later requested the province’s Veterinary Department to check a further 85 tons of turkey, beef and lamb stored at the same storage.
The inspection team, including officers from Binh Duong Province Veterinary Department, Market Management Agency, the Department of Health and the police, raided the cold storages Swisre and Panasato, owned by Vietnam Cash and Carry, in Song Than 2 Industrial Zone, Di An District.
They found 26 tons of nearly expired ground chicken and 700 kilos of beef.
According to Ta Trong Khang, deputy director of the Veterinary Department, the chicken was infected with staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium responsible for difficult-to-treat infections in humans. The bacterium was ten times that of the legal maximum.
The beef was found to be contaminated with E. coli, bacteria that causes severe cramps and diarrhea, and coliform, which were 2.5 times more than legal limits.
The products would have expired within one month and was seized by the inspection team.
On Friday, Vietnam Metro Cash & Carry sent a official letter to the province’s Veterinary Department, asking the agency to take samples of a further eight lots of frozen food also stored at cold storages Swisre and Panasato, including 85 tons of turkey, beef filet and lamb.
The meat is reported to have been imported from the US, Canada and Brazil.
Among the eight lots of meat, two will expire in August.
Vietnam Metro Cash & Carry promised that they will wait for the test results and will not put the meat into circulation on the market.