South Korean chicken 'waste' removed from Vietnam supermarkets

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Supermarkets in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City removed South Korean chicken products from their shelves Thursday following media reports that the products had been declared "waste" in their country of origin, online newspaper VnExpress reported.


A representative from Big C supermarket in HCMC said the supermarket stopped selling chickens imported from South Korea on Thursday after it learned that some of the chicken had been deemed by that country as only fit for livestock feed.


Big C will keep a close watch for new information about these products, he said.


"We bought the chicken products from Hoang Long Phat Food Joint Stock Company and were provided with sufficient papers, such as food safety and customs certificates."


Online Vietnamese newspapers have reported that some chicken products deemed "waste products" in South Korea were still being imported by Vietnamese companies because they were cheaper than domestic chicken.


Nguyen Van Thuong, director of Hoang Long Phat company, told VnExpress the company had imported chicken products from South Korea over the past year. It imports around 200 tons of the products each month, he said.


He said the products underwent testing by veterinary authorities to make sure they did not contain toxic chemicals before being cleared by customs authorities.


He showed papers to prove the chicken products met food safety standards and were certified as safe food for humans.

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