Retail supermarket chain Big C has sacked an employee for unintentionally labeling a pack of Vietnamese grapes with a paper Chinese flag, the supermarket said in a press release Monday.
On March 15, a customer at Big C the Garden in Hanoi found a pack of grapes with both a "made in Vietnam" label and a Chinese flag.
The customer reported the finding to a supermarket employee and was told that the grapes had actually been grown in Vietnam's Ninh Thuan Province.
However, the employee could not explain why the Chinese flag had been affixed to the pack.
After the incident was made public, a Big C representative explained that it was just an error made by an employee during the packing process.
The case has attracted significant public attention on online websites and newspapers, with many readers wondering if the grapes were Chinese products that had been mislabeled "made in Vietnam."