Coca-Cola Vietnam fined US$19,400 for food safety violations

The Ministry of Health’s Inspectorate has fined Coca-Cola Vietnam VND433 million (roughly US$19,400) for violating food safety regulations, according to Nguyen Van Nhien, the ministry’s Deputy Chief Inspector.

Nhien said the company’s violations involve in the production of supplement food without food safety certificates at three addresses: the Coca-Cola Vietnam Beverages Limited Company at 485 Hanoi Street, Thu Duc district, HCM City and its branches in Duyen Thai commune, Thuong Tin district, Hanoi and in Hoa Minh ward, Lien Chieu district, Da Nang city. 

The company produced and sold a batch of Samurai strawberry-flavoured energy drink bottles, which contain less than Vitamin B9 (folic acid) than claimed. 

The total value of irretrievable sold goods is nearly VND233.8 million (US$10,400). 

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Besides, the inspectors also asked the company to recall the remaining products of the above-said batch for handling under regulations and then report the outcome to the inspectorate.

Last month, the Ministry of Health pulled 13 beverage products of Coca-Cola Vietnam from store shelves. The listed products include Minute Maid Nutriboost milk drink in orange, strawberry and mango flavour, Samurai energy drink in strawberry flavour, Minute Maid TEPPY Orange Drink, Aquarius sport drink, Dasani bottled water and Minute Maid Splash Smooth.

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