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Health Ministry to investigate beverage producers

Update: June, 20/2016 - 18:00
The Health Ministry plans to conduct inspections at four beverages producers this year for compliance with food safety laws. -- Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – The Health Ministry plans to conduct a 45-day-long inspection at Coca-Cola Beverages Việt Nam Ltd Company for compliance with food safety laws.

Fifteen inspectors from the ministry will examine the company’s distribution units and those that provide the company with materials, food additives and substances to support food processing as well as packaging.

The inspection team is expected to check for any shortcomings or positive factors, so that penalties or praise can be applied accordingly.

The inspection is part of the ministry’s inspection scheme this year, which was approved late last year.

Accordingly, the ministry will also inspect three other beverage producers: Pepsico Việt Nam, the Việt Nam URC Ltd Company and Wonderfarm.

Earlier this month, the Vietnam URC Ltd Company was fined VNĐ5.8 billion (US$264,000) for selling beverages contaminated with lead.

The two beverages, a green tea C2 product and energy drink Rồng Đỏ (Red Dragon), contained higher levels of lead than those mentioned on the labels. – VNS

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