Milk products of dubious origin rampant in Vietnam

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The Hanoitimes - The news that a cancer-related substance has been found in Chinese milk has set off alarm bells for local industry insiders, since a large amount of milk products allegedly imported from China are being circulated in the Vietnamese market.

The Hanoitimes - The news that a cancer-related substance has been found in Chinese milk has set off alarm bells for local industry insiders, since a large amount of milk products allegedly imported from China are being circulated in the Vietnamese market.

Recently, China ’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine announced that a batch of Mengniu milk was found to contain flavacin M1 levels of 1.2 micrograms per kilogram - 140 times higher than the country's permitted level. Flavacin M1 is a substance linked to liver cancer.

Meanwhile, the amount of milk products imported from China to Vietnam this year rose by nearly 30 percent year o­n year, and there are still numerous products with unclear origins being sold o­n the market, Saigon Tiep Thi newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, in Hanoi-based Dong Xuan market, milk powders stored in plastic bags without labels are also available in large quantities.

Lien, a small trader, claimed that her products are imported from Australia , New Zealand , and the Netherlands .

“You cannot find any Chinese milk in my store,” she said, adding that her products are favored by many bakeries and yoghurt and ice cream producers.

However, there are no labels or expiry dates o­n the products’ bags to prove what she claims.

Pham Ngoc Chau, deputy CEO of Hancofood, said many strange milk brand names such as Dinamilk, Growthmilk, and Goodmilk have been found being marketed in the provinces’ rural areas at low prices of o­nly
VND150,000-170,000 per 900-gram can.

Chau said such prices are 30 percent lower than those for European-imported products.
“Under the pressure of competition, many local milk producers have imported Chinese milk powder to reduce cost prices,” Chau said.

“But they do not reveal that fact for fear of being boycotted by consumers.”

According to the General Customs Department, milk imports from China in November surged 79.1 percent against October, to top $120,000 in turnover.

By the end of last month, Vietnam had imported $513,700 worth of milk products from China , a 29.81-percent rise compared to the same period last year, the department said.

However, industry insiders said the figures could be even higher, since many products are unofficially imported into the country at low prices.

Currently, milk products imported from the EU have prices between $3,600 and $3,800 a ton, while Chinese products fetch o­nly $2,300-2,800 a ton.

“Only products bought from small Chinese producers can have such low prices,” Nguyen Huy Duc, director of public relation of Nutifood, said.

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