Vietnamese authorities to monitor imported foods

Vietnam authorities will strictly monitor all imported food items including dairy products and fake eggs.

This regulation particularly follows the discovery of enterobacter sakazakii in powdered infant milk products imported from the Maeil Dairy Industry of South Korea.  Medical experts say infants could develop pneumonia, lung or brain abscess, bone-marrow inflammation, blood infection, cerebral meningitis or blood poisoning from these bacteria.

Vietnamese health authorities have ordered its sub-divisions to check all low quality milk products. According to relevant agencies, milk products from the Maeil Dairy in Vietnam do not contain the same bacteria strain.

China’s food safety watchdog said it has shut down several local dairy product makers because disease-causing bacteria in infant milk products had caused deaths in Pingliang city,  Gansu province.  The Food Administration of Vietnam (VFA) was quick to contact the Vietnamese Embassy in China to further investigate and find that Vietnam had not issued certification for any Chinese dairy product since January 1, 2011.

However, an enterprise in Vietnam has imported 60 tons of Numilac Milk Powder. The company has completed import formalities but has not yet supplied the product in the market. VFA will check Melamine and Nitrit standards before allowing the product to reach the consumer market.

Vietnamese authorities and relevant agencies will work closely to check Chinese milk products in the market. The authorities will take random samples from markets for testing and announce their results publicly.

In the wake of Thursday's news report that fake eggs, allegedly filled with chemicals, were found in Penang province, the Ministry of Health has ordered concerned agencies to check all eggs in the markets. So far, there has been no report of finding fake eggs in the Vietnamese market.

By Kh. Nguyen - Translated by Nha Tran

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