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Noodles found with banned chemicals

Update: September, 16/2013 - 11:08
Random tests of the products sold by all rice noodle and rice vermicelli makers in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang have shown that more than half the samples contained banned chemicals.— Photo dacnong

HAU GIANG (VNS)— Random tests of the products sold by all rice noodle and rice vermicelli makers in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang have shown that more than half the samples contained banned chemicals.

According to the provincial Food Safety and Hygiene Department, of the 48 samples tested over four inspections, 20 samples of rice vermicelli were positive for Tinopal, an optical brightener used in papermaking, detergents and other cleaning agents. Four samples of rice powders and two samples of rice noodles were positive for Tinopal and oxalic acid, a chemical substance banned in food processing.

The department has worked with the local health department to fine nine producers more than VND100 million (US$4,700), with 12 other companies to receive similar punishment soon. — VNS

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