The Ca Mau Consumers Rights Protection Association has demanded an explanation from Tan Hiep Phat Company after dozens of its beverage bottles were found to contain residues.
Nguyen Phuoc Hong, the association chairman, said, “If Tan Hiep Phat confirms the bottles were its products, it will have to explain why they had dregs.”
Recently a woman who ordered a bottle of Dr.Thanh herbal tea made by the company at a café in Ca Mau town found dregs at the bottom and complained to local authorities.
The Ca Mau Food Safety Agency and police went to the café and several shops and found 79 bottles with dregs.
An inspection of Viet Loan Shop, a major beverage distributor, found two cartons out of a total of 147 with several bottles containing foreign substances at the bottom.
Inspectors have seized the bottles for further investigation.
The Ca Mau Food Safety Agency has warned people against drinking from Dr.Thanh bottles that contain dregs.
Recently Tan Hiep Phat won a lawsuit against a man in Tien Giang Province who tried to blackmail it after claiming to find a fly in a Number 1 energy drink bottle.
Vo Van Minh, 35, got seven years for trying to extort VND500 million (US$22,400).
Subsequent tests found the bottle had been tampered with.