40 tons of rotten milk found in south

40 tons of rotten milk at refuse area of The Gioi Xanh Company. (Photo: SGGP)
Environmental officers from southeastern Binh Duong Province found 40 tons of expired milk on March 16 at a refuse area of The Gioi Xanh Co., located in Tan Uyen District.

The batch of Anco Co. milk was produced in April 2008 at Nutifood and Elovi dairy factories and had an expiration date listed as October 17, 2008.

According to Nguyen Tri Binh, director of both The Gioi Xanh Co. and the Phuong Nam Company in Thuan An District, the latter company was contracted to transfer the rotten milk from a warehouse in Song Than Industrial Zone to the wastewater treatment plant of Nam Tan Uyen JSC for destruction from October 26 to December 15 last year.

However, the milk has remained piled up at a garbage dumpsite of The Gioi Xanh Co.

In December last year, Suc Khoe Doi Song Newspaper quoted Vo Thi Ngoc Hanh, deputy director of Binh Duong Province’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as saying that 105 tons of Anco Co.’s milk, boxed in 110ml boxes and expired since October 2008, had been destroyed after being found contaminated with toxic melamine in December 2008.

This raised questions about the origin of the milk found recently at The Gioi Xanh Co. Investigators say they suspect it might belong to the 105-ton batch of melamine-contaminated milk.

Authorities are continuing to investigate.

By Tien Dat – Translated by Da Nguyet

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