Mineral water, plastic straws and glasses fail hygiene test

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Two mineral water producers in Ho Chi Minh City were suspended and a plastic straw sample sealed during a hygiene inspection this month, health inspectors said Monday.


Inspectors from the city Health Department have been checking styrofoam containers, plastic glasses, spoons and plastic straws since the beginning of April.


They sealed 71 kilograms of plastic straws made by Van Loi Loi Company in Tan Phu District, and asked the company to recycle it.


Plastic glasses made by Tan Cuong Hoa, Ltd. in District 8 failed to meet some hygiene requirements and the company could be penalized, inspectors said.


No problems were found with the styrofoam containers checked so far, they added.


The HCMC health department said Monday they've suspended two bottled water producers Le Vy in Tan Phu Street and Thien in District 5.


The 21-liters Levita bottles produced by Le Vy on March 21 and the 21-liter First Water produced by Thien on March 15 were found to contain more harmful microorganisms than permitted.


Inspectors have had the bottles revoked from the market for disposal.


Many water bottles of different brands were revoked last year for the same reason.


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