Ha Noi Bakery Halts Production as Telltale Chinese Milk Found

A company in Ha Noi has been required to halt production after being found yesterday using suspicious Chinese powered milk to make ice creams and cakes. Worse, the firm supplying the milk is reported to have mysteriously disappeared.

Mr. Nguyen Thanh Son, director of the Minh Hoa Food Processing Co., in Lot 7-5 Ha Noi Industrial Zone, Gia Lam admitted that last July, his company imported ten tons of Danno powdered milk manufactured by Chinese firm Danou and had used 9,2 tons for making ice cream.

Due to the recent eruptive scandal about Chinese tainted milk, his company has stopped using this kind of milk for production and used New Zealand’s full milk cream powder as substitute.

However, a surprise Sunday check found a bag of the Chinese milk in Minh Hoa’s warehouse. Mr. Son explained the milk was sent by one his firm’s partners several days ago and left in the warehouse unused.

Label on the suspicious bag indicates Ha Noi-based Dong Nam A Import Export Co. as exclusive distributor and since this firm’s imported diary products have mostly disappeared from the market, authorities demand Minh Hoa halts production pending further tests.

In related news, Minister of Health Cao Minh Quang has proposed the Ministry of Information and Communication carry out propaganda to raise the public’s awareness about safe and healthy foods including milk and diary products.

Accordingly, foods that are safe must have labels specifying their origin, name and address of producer and distributor in addition to expiry dates.

Recently, the public has been outrageous that some Chinese milk brands are detected tainted with melamine which can cause kidney-related diseases.

By Staff writers – Translated by Phuong Lan

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