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Authorities demand investigation into maggot-infested food

Update: June, 16/2015 - 17:47

BINH DUONG (VNS) — The health authorities in the southern Binh Duong Province yesterday asked the food safety department to investigate the discovery of maggots in food prepared for a company's workforce.

Last Tuesday, 1,800 workers of a textile company refused to have lunch after detecting maggots and insects in a vegetable dish.

Nguyen Thi Hoa, the food provider, said she had bought the dish's ingredients from a shop in Thuan Giao market in Thuan An Town.

The ingredients were produced by the HCM City-based Au Lac Vegetarian Food Co., Ltd.

An inspection team later found that 19 vegetable boxes of the Au Lac Company, or approximately 190kg, which were seized from Thuan Giao market and the company's warehouse contained maggots and insects.

The expiry date of the food is due later this year.

Au Lac Company CEO Nguyen Thi Ai Trinh said the packaging of the maggot-infested ingredients was "very similar" to those of her company.

However, she refused to take the blame, suggesting that insects and maggots could have entered the packages during the delivery or the preservation stages.

Trinh said her company would give Hoa VND30 million (US$1,400) to compensate for the loss she had incurred after the workers refused to eat and their company suspended the food contract with Hoa following the incident.

On Saturday, the HCM City Food Hygiene and Safety visited Au Lac Company to take samples for testing. But they could not do so because the company had not stored any products that were produced at the same time as those found infested with maggots and insects. — VNS

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