Authorities in Binh Thuan Province said Friday they had fined the owner of a butcher shop for selling fake beef made from buffalo meat imported from India, Tuoi Tre reported.
Tran Thi Thu Huong of Ham Thuan Nam District ordered to pay VND50 million (US$2,240) for the violation.
On February 3, local police seized 300 kilograms of buffalo meat and bones that had gone rotten from a bus.
The meat was being transported to some slaughter houses in the district. No papers of origin related to the meat were produced.
Police found out Huong was the owner of the shop that sold the meat to the slaughter houses.
Huong said the meat would be soaked in cow blood to look like beef before being mixed into a batch of real beef and sold to the market.
Local police said Indian buffalo meat cost around VN100,000 ($4.5) per kilo and could be sold for around VND300,000 after being “processed” into beef.