|Inspectors check the quality of mooncakes of Bao Phuong. The manufacturer failed to provide documents showing the origins of ingredients and was ordered to halt operations. — Photo hanoimoi.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The health ministry's food safety and hygiene inspectors have suspended the operation of a mooncake shop at 223 Thuy Khue Street in Tay Ho District.
The shop is owned by household mooncake maker Bao Phuong.
The shop was in an unhygienic condition, Deputy Director of the ministry's Food Hygiene and Safety Department Dr Nguyen Hung Long said during the inspection yesterday afternoon.
While checking the quality of pork fat and chicken eggs, the investigators found that the manufacturer had violated food safety and hygiene regulations, and also could not provide clear proof of the origins of the ingredients or the business licence.
There was no warehouse for storing ingredients. Some were stored on the racks in the manufacturing area, while others were laid out next to damp and musty walls, the Dan Tri online newspaper reported.
The inspection team has asked the municipal health department inspectors to impose administrative punishment on the manufacturer.
Two samples of banh nuong (baked sticky rice cake) and banh deo (sticky rice cake) have been sent to the National Institute for Food Safety and Hygiene for testing.
Bao Phuong is a renowned private mooncake brand in Ha Noi. Every year, in the run up to the Mid-Autumn festival, the shop draws lots of people of different ages who queue up to buy the cakes.
To ensure the quality of the mooncakes ahead of the Mid-Autumn festival (falling on September 27 this year), six inspection teams have been set up to check the quality of mooncake producers in 12 cities and provinces across the country, including Ha Noi.
The month-long campaign will run till September 30. — VNS