BINH THUAN (VNS) — Authorities in the southern coastal Binh Thuan Province's Ham Thuan Bac District yesterday detained a group of local people for selling ‘fake wild boar' meat.
The police found more than 200kg of foul-smelling pork lying on the dirty ground or in Styrofoam boxes during a search of the house of Nguyen Van Tuan, 32, in Phu Long Town.
The meat was not accompanied by food safety certificates, and Tuan did not have a licence to kill animals for meat.
Tuan told the police that he had bought sows from local families, and then used gas torches to burn the pork to make it look like wild boar meat. He sold the meat to dealers in Phan Thiet City and Ham Thuan Bac District.
These dealers buy the meat for VND80,000 (US$ 3.6) per kilogram, and sell it in markets or to restaurants.
Tuan sold about 100kg of pork each day.
However, according to investigation, Tuan used to buy the pork from the southern Dong Nai Province, and a truck transported the meat to him every two or three days.
The police also searched a store of Nguyen Thi Kim Chuong in Ham Duc Commune in the district and found more than 70kg of decomposing pork.
Chuong said she had bought the meat from Tuan to sell in local markets or to restaurants.
The pork has been destroyed.
The case is under further investigation. — VNS