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Manh Cam case trial to begin tomorrow

Update: September, 22/2014 - 15:47
According to the company, on February, 2013, the Market Control Sub-department No12 under the city's Market Watch seized 6,000 Danlait milk boxes from the company to test for product quality.— Photo giaioduc

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi People's Court will begin tomorrow afternoon the trial involving the Manh Cam Company Ltd, a goat's milk product importer, and the city's Market Watch.

A representative of the company will be required to participate as the plaintiff in the legal proceedings.

According to the company, on February, 2013, the Market Control Sub-department No12 under the city's Market Watch seized 6,000 Danlait milk boxes from the company to test for product quality.

The Viet Nam Food Administration under the Ministry of Health confirmed that the products met quality standards. The milk's quality had been certified by the health ministries of both Viet Nam and France.

The administration also said that all the boxes were imported in cans from France and distributed exclusively in Viet Nam.

Previously, suspicions had been expressed on online forums that the company had manufactured food supplements abroad, and had sold them at high prices as baby formula in Viet Nam.

The company was fined VND15 million (US$707) for labelling the products as baby formula instead of a food supplement.

The products that had been seized were spoiled after they were kept in improper preservation conditions for four months. In July 2013, the company decided to sue Vuong Tri Dung, deputy head of the Market Watch, for issuing instructions that caused losses to the company and brought it on the verge of bankruptcy.

The estimated losses of the company were roughly VND26 billion ($1.2 million).

Last month, the municipal People's Court summoned the defendant for trial, but the process was delayed by a month due to the absence of Dung. — VNS

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