The Vietnam Food Administration said Wednesday excessive content of sweeteners and banned substances have been found in dried fruits sold across the country.
Two agencies in charge of food hygiene and safety testing had conducted tests on 90 samples of sugared and salted dry fruits collected from 15 cities and provinces nationwide.
Sixty-five samples had excessive content of saccharin - an artificial sweetener, 23 contained benzoic acid - used as a food preservative - which is banned in Vietnam, and 13 had sodium cyclamate - an artificial sweetener also banned in Vietnam.
Nine samples had lead content 27 times higher than permitted.
The VFA has ordered authorities in cities and provinces to instruct producers of dried fruits to follow food safety guidelines and stop using banned food additives.
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