North Korean food supplement Angung Uhwang Hwan being sold at a drug store in Hanoi. Photo credit: Lao Dong
Vietnamese health authorities have found excessive levels of heavy metals in a food supplement product imported from North Korea.
On Tuesday, the Drug Administration of Vietnam announced tests found excessive levels of lead, mercury and arsenic in samples of Angung Uhwang Hwan – a product advertised as assisting in the treatment of cerebral diseases, aneurisms, strokes, blood pressure issues and heart disease.
The food supplement was produced by Korea Mannyon General Health Corporation and imported to Vietnam by Vietnam Mannyon Trading Co.Ltd.
The DAV accidentally took samples of the products from a Hanoi-based drug showroom, Hong Sam LC Tacy, for testing.
According to test results, the product contains 0.25 milligram of lead per gram, 33.2 mg of mercury per gram and 38.9 mg of arsenic per gram.
The levels are several thousand times higher than the allowed levels for heavy metals in food, posing high risks to human health, DAV said.
The agency asked the Vietnam Food Administration to take measures to settle the problem.