|Fake oil bottled found at the stand. — Photo nhandan.org.vn
THUA THIEN - HUE (VNS) — Police in the central Thua Thien–Hue Province have discovered 17,000 bottles of fake melaleuca oil, a traditional medicine registered by the province's Phu Loc District.
Police made an unexpected visit to the stall of Nguyen Thi My Hoa, a resident of the district who stored the bottles for sale. She told the police the liquid was not melaleuca oil and had been bought from a wholesale market.
There is a traditional method of extracting the oil from melaleuca. The oil has a pleasant smell and has been used by the local people for centuries to cure simple health symptoms.
The district is home to hundreds of facilities that produce the oil, which has been registered under a common trademark for the community there. Several stalls, located along the section of National Highway 1A that runs through the district, sell the oil to commuters.
Police have seized the fake oil and are expanding the investigation to find the suppliers of the fake oil. — VNS