17 tons of frozen food with unclear origin found in Hanoi

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The Ministry of Public Security’s environment department (PC36) and the Ministry of Health’s food safety department on Wednesday found over 17 tons of frozen food of unclear origin in Hanoi.

Tran Manh Hieu, representative of a family-run business on De La Thanh Street in Ba Dinh District, told the team of inspectors he bought the products from Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Dien Market to sell them in the capital city.

However, he could not produce the documents asked for by the agencies which conducted the inspection along with the Hanoi Market Management Bureau.

PC36 deputy head Luong Minh Thao said they suspected the products, comprising nearly 70 items of mainly seafood and meat, came from China.

According to the agencies, the food was improperly packaged in sacks and spongy containers with Chinese labels.

They also also found chicken legs soaked in an unidentified solution, and took samples for testing.

The agencies said they had sealed the storage facility and asked the business to halt selling the products.

Also on Wednesday, Hanoi’s traffic police detected more than four tons of animal fat of unidentified origin in a truck on National Highway No.1B.

Driver Bui Ngoc Tho said he was transporting the fat to Hanoi on behalf of a person in Quy Nhon Town, Binh Dinh Province.

In a separate case on the same day, Hanoi police confiscated some 3 to 4 tons of chicken from another truck on its way to the capital city from the northern province of Quang Ninh.

Source: Thanh Nien, Agencies

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