Vietnam's tests have found no genetically modified organisms (GMO) in materials used to produce pho (rice noodles) exported to Japan as previously claimed by the importer's agencies.
The conclusions on Japanese claims against Bich Chi Food Joint-Stock Co. in the southern province of Dong Thap were announced at a meeting on rice export held by the Vietnam Food Association (VFA) in Tien Giang Province on Monday.
VFA said it had sent letters to related agencies to announce the findings to Japan via diplomatic means. The tests were conducted by QUATEST 3 - the Ho Chi Minh City office of Vietnam's Quality Assurance and Testing Center.
In the meantime, 320 of Bich Chi Co.'s 970 cartons of pho that were held have been released, after Japanese agencies concluded that the GMO detected in Vietnamese pho was CpTI, not CryIAC, as announced previously.
A report on the newswire Dat Viet on Tuesday said Bich Chi's Japanese partner has resumed its orders at the company.