A man disgruntled over his work overload at a sea food plant in Thai Binh Province has been arrested on suspicion of mixing human feces and rat poison into products exported to Japan between May and June this year.
Tran Xuan Trinh, 35, who used to work at Taiwanese-owned Rich Beauty Vietnam Company in Thai Binh, said he did so to curb the plant's production so that he would no longer be overworked, according to the police.
A Japanese seafood importer in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, in July detected packages of frozen fish from Vietnam containing rat poison and traces of feces.
A recall of the products, which had been imported from Vietnam in May, was issued nationwide.
The Japanese health authorities ordered suspension of the distribution of the Vietnamese firm's products in Japan and requested the Vietnamese government to investigate and take measures to prevent a recurrence.
Trinh was arrested after hiding at his relative’s farm in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai for nearly two months since the case was detected and the company suspended.
He is being investigated for “destroying or deliberately damaging property”, a crime punishable by jail terms of up to 20 years or life sentence under the Penal Code.
According to the police, five of the total 887 seafood packages that Rich Beauty Vietnam exported to Japan between May-June were found tainted with human feces and raticide.
The company reported to the police after receiving complaints from its Japanese partner.
Investigators of Thai Binh police suspected Trinh, a worker at a company’s branch in charge of preserving products, who quit his job after the incident.
At the police station, Trinh confessed he came up with the idea after having to work up to 13-14 hours a day and two Sundays per month.
The worker decided to put human waste, raticide, screws and knives into the packages of export products, thinking the company would have fewer orders after its prestige was damaged, and so he could have days off as contracted.
Thai Binh police are investigating the case.