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Banned chemicals found in vermicelli

Update: September, 17/2013 - 11:00

The Health Department of the Mekong Delta's Tra Vinh Province has fined four rice vermicelli producers, VND15 million (US$705) each, for using banned chemicals.—File Photo

TRA VINH (VNS) — The Health Department of the Mekong Delta's Tra Vinh Province has fined four rice vermicelli producers, VND15 million (US$705) each, for using banned chemicals.

The rice vermicelli tested positive for Tinopal and oxalic acid, which is used for bleaching and brightening. The substances can be harmful to health, causing gastrointestinal damage or even cancer.

To recognise if the chemical is present in food, buyers are advised to use ultraviolet light to check the quality of rice vermicelli, since the contaminant will glow under the light. — VNS

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