|Tonnes of expired lotus roots were seized by investigators while being prepared to be sent to market. — Photo congan.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi Police yesterday seized 6 tonnes of expired lotus roots and sour tamarind of unknown origin in Hoan Kiem District.
At the time of inspection, the goods were being unloaded in front of the house at No. 18 Hang Khoai, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi.
The lotus roots and sour tamarind had been packed in plastic bags, were seeping water and smelled foul. They had allegedly been assembled for delivery for consumption. The owner of the goods has not been identified.
Meanwhile, interdepartmental forces also discovered 300 buffalo and cow pelts along with a large volume of animal fat while inspecting the leather trading facility named Hoang Phu in Thanh Tri District, Ha Noi.
At the time of the inspection, the goods were being carried by two trucks. The lead seals were inappropriate, and the quarantine certificates had expired in October. The drivers could not provide invoices.
One driver said he was hired by a woman named Bui Thi Loi in central Thua Thien-Hue Province to transport the goods from Thua Thien-Hue to Ha Noi for VND6.5 million (US$288).
In addition, investigators also discovered a large amount of animal fat being processed in the facility.
The business owner said the animal fat was a byproduct from the buffalo and cow pelts, and he was processing it to make fish food.
However, according to a representative of the authorities, some of this fat was to be put into a 5 liter bottle and would likely be sold to facilities that produce fried bread sticks or to food stores.
Currently, investigators are working hard to verify the origin of the goods to handle the situation as prescribed by the law. — VNS