Market watchdogs Thursday raided several companies in Ho Chi Minh City and seized hundreds of tons of illegal chemicals, mostly of Chinese origin.
On the premises of Tan Hung Thai Co. Ltd. in District 5, the inspectors found 550 kilograms of chemicals from China without invoices, proper labels and expiry dates.
An inspection of the company's warehouse in Le Minh Xuan Industrial Park in Binh Chanh District around the same time also found another 100 tons of chemicals used in food and other industries without expiry dates. Container labels here showed both Vietnamese and Chinese origins.
Officials also seized 300 sacks of chemicals weighing six tons without any labels which the owner claimed was for use in breeding shrimp.
In a different raid Thursday, market management officials sealed 2,676 tons of fertilizer at two enterprises in District 7 - Tan Loi Loi Export & Import Co. Ltd. and Thanh Loi Trading Co. Ltd.
Market management division 3A said the companies were unable to show documents related to the products which were claimed to be from China, Iran, Russia and Taiwan.
In another instance, the market management division 4A Thursday released details of three containers of chemicals they had seized on May 21 from a facility on No Trang Long Street in Binh Thanh District for being past their expiry date.
The containers belong to An Phat Export & Import JSC in Tan Binh District.
Officials said the products included 2,630 5-kg packages of solid chemicals with 'use-by' dates in 2008; and 142 25-kg cans of liquid chemicals with use-by dates in 2002 and 2007 with an attached label modifying the date to November 25, 2009.
Nguyen The Trieu of An Phat Export & Import JSC said his company had bought the products in April without any invoice or document of origin from a person near Song Than Industrial Park in Binh Duong Province.