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Court turns down dairy firm lawsuit

Update: October, 02/2014 - 09:55
In July 2013, the company decided to sue the Market Watch Department for illegally fining the company and providing incorrect information about the quality of the milk product.— Photo tuoitre.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi People's Court has rejected an attempt by an importer of goat-milk products to sue the city's Market Watch Department for issuing instructions that it claimed had affected the company's prestige and caused it to lose money.

In July 2013, the company decided to sue the Market Watch Department for illegally fining the company and providing incorrect information about the quality of the milk product.

The company also sued the department for not preserving milk products its officers had seized. According to the company, the products were spoiled after being kept in improper preservation conditions for four months.

The company estimated its total losses at VND26 billion (US$1.2 million).

According to the company, on February, 2013, Market Watch Division No 12 seized 6,000 Danlait milk boxes for testing following suspicions expressed on online forums that it had made food supplements abroad and sold them at high prices as baby formula in Viet Nam.

The company asked the department to pay it VND1.25 billion ($59,000) for 5,200 boxes of milk product that had been seized.

Judge Nguyen Thi Thu Hang told the court that it was legal for Market Watch to fine the Manh Cam company for mislabeling Danlait goat milk products as baby fomula instead of a food supplement.

She also said that the company took back the 5,200 milk boxes from May, 2013, so it was not the responsibility of the Market Watch Department if the company could not sell the products.

The Viet Nam Food Administration said that the products met quality standards as a food supplement and that this had been certified by the health ministries of both Viet Nam and France. — VNS

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