Coca Cola fined VND433 mln for violating food safety regulation

Health Inspectors from the Ministry of Health yesterday decided to issue an administrative fine of VND443 million (US$19,777) to the Vietnam branch of beverage company Coca-Cola because the company has violated the regulations on food safety and hygiene.

Deputy Inspectorate Nguyen Van Nhien said that Coca Cola Vietnam has just been fined for its production of supplementary products without permits in three plants NGK Coca-Cola at 485 Hanoi Street in Linh Trung Ward in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu Duc District; in the branch of Coca Cola in Hanoi at the National Highway 1A, in Hanoi’s Thuong Tin District and the branch of Coca Cola in the central city of Da Nang.

Moreover, Coca Cola provided false nutritional value information on a batch of Samurai energy drink in the form of glass having strawberry flavor with manufacturing date May 24, 2016 and expiry date May 24, 2017; Lot: A1 N. The company has collected VND233,8 million from selling the batch of products.

Along with fine, Health Ministry’s inspector ordered the company to remove the batch of Samurai energy beverage and report result to the Ministry later.

The decision came as part of the outcome of a comprehensive inspection of the Vietnamese unit of Coca-Cola, which began on June 21.

By Quoc Lap - translated by Anh Quan

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