HA NOI — Most samples of imported dried fruit products were found to contain artificial sweeteners and chemicals that were either banned or exceeded regulations.
Of 90 samples tested, up to 65 contained excessive amounts of artificial sweetener saccharin while 13 contained the banned artificial sweetener cyclamate. Nine samples were found with excessive amounts of lead.
The samples were collected from 15 localities nationwide, including Ha Noi and HCM City following concerns over the discovery of carcinogenic substances in dried fruit from China.
All the violating products were confiscated and destroyed by the authorities. — VNS