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Firms pay fines for violating food safety rules

Update: May, 22/2014 - 14:58
This was discovered after 4,650 local manufacturers were investigated during an action month on food safety organised from April 16 to May 16. — Photo duatin

HA TINH (VNS) — Authorities in the central Ha Tinh Province found that nearly 1,000 food manufacturers and traders were violating food safety regulations.

This was discovered after 4,650 local manufacturers were investigated during an action month on food safety organised from April 16 to May 16.

Director of the provincial Health Department Le Ngoc Chau said that the firms paid nearly VND443 million, or US$21,000, as fines for violating food processing and storage rules and for not having legal documents for conducting their operations.

The authorities also destroyed products, including confectionary, soft drinks and milk worth over VND100 million, or $4,760, for not having labels, not stating their origin and expired products. -- VNS

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