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Vietnam keeps track of imported milk prices

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:48 am

As of September 27, the General Department of Customs requested local customs to pay attention to checking imported milk prices.

Vietnam issues new decision to control milk product prices to protect customers’ benefits

If the difference in imported milk prices among the same kind of products is over 10 percent, it’s necessary to check those products after customs clearance, said the General Department of Customs in its dispatch.

In addition, local customs need to investigate unusual declaration on milk prices before allowing products to be imported into Vietnam.

Concerning to strictly controlling prices of imported dairy products, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) issued the Circular No 122/2010 which comes into effect on October 1.

The circular rules that dairy companies must register prices of imported milk with the MoF’s Price Management Department or the provincial departments of finance before selling products in the market.

The Government will apply measures to curb dairy prices if the prices are unusually varied because dairy is classified in the list of items need to be stabilized.


Source: SGGP

China milk powder blamed after babies develop breasts

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

AFP/file – File picture of a baby holding a drink outside a children’s hospital in Beijing.

BEIJING, Aug 9, 2010 (AFP) – Parents and doctors in central China fear that hormones in milk powder they fed their infant daughters have led the babies to prematurely develop breasts, state media reported Monday.

Medical tests indicated the levels of hormones in three girls, ranging in age from four to 15 months and who were fed the same baby formula, exceeded those of the average adult woman, the China Daily reported.

“The amount of hormones in the babies definitely means there’s a problem,” Yang Qin, the chief physician in the child care department at the Hubei Maternity and Children’s Hospital, was quoted as saying.

“The parents should stop using the formula to feed their children and the powder should be analysed.”

Local food safety authorities however refused a parent’s request to investigate the formula made by Synutra, based in the eastern city of Qingdao, saying they do not conduct tests at consumers’ behest, the report said.

The suspected baby formula was still being sold in the Hubei provincial capital Wuhan — at discounted prices — and was still on store shelves in Beijing despite the concerns which surfaced last month, the Global Times said.

Synutra insisted that its products were safe.

“No man-made ‘hormones’ or any illegal substances were added during production,” it said in a statement.

The infants showed unusually high levels of the hormones estradiol and prolactin, the China Daily said.

Wang Dingmian, the former chairman of the dairy association in the southern province of Guangdong, told the China Daily that the hormones could have entered the food chain when farmers reared the cattle.

“Since a regulation forbidding the use of hormones to cultivate livestock has yet to be drawn up in China, it would be lying to say nobody uses it,” Wang was quoted as saying.

Chinese dairy products were recalled worldwide in 2008 after it was revealed that melamine, which is used to make plastics, was widely and illegally added to the products to give the appearance of higher protein.

Melamine was found in the products of 22 Chinese dairy companies in a massive scandal blamed for the deaths of at least six infants and for sickening 300,000 others in China.

Source: SGGP

Free milk for children on island

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

Free milk for children on island

QĐND – Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

Over the past three months, 114,150 glasses of milk were offered to pupils of Cao Van Ngoc Primary School on Con Dao Island, under the program launched by the “Rising Up Vietnam Milk” Fund.

So far, the fund has offered nearly 5 million glasses of milk to poor children, with a target of presenting 8 million in the near future.

Earlier in mid-May, the fund presented 108,000 glasses of milk to pupils in two schools in Tuyen Quang northern mountainous province.

The Vietnam Dairy Stock Company (Vinamilk), the sponsor of the fund, has promised to donate a large amount of milk, worth over VND11 billion. 

Source: HNM

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Enterprises buries stale milk in landfill, say police

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Enterprises buries stale milk in landfill, say police

QĐND – Friday, May 21, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

A waste treatment company in Binh Duong province allegedly buried thousands of tonnes of expired milk as landfill instead of treating it as contracted, according to police from the National Department of Environment’s southern office.

Friestland Campina Vietnam Co had contracted the Waste Treatment Enterprise, a subsidiary of Binh Duong Water Supply – Sewage and Environment Company, to dispose 2,060,136 cartons of milk through its waste treatment plant. The value of the contract was 20 billion VND (1 million USD).

Police visited a landfill area used by the Waste Treatment Enterprise on Wednesday morning and uncovered thousands of expired milk still in cartons.

Friestland Campina Vietnam signed the contract with the Waste Treatment Enterprise on May 3 to treat 15,500 tonnes of milk.

The contract allegedly specified that the enterprise should collect the milk at the Friestland Campina Vietnam warehouse in VSIP II Industrial Park in Binh Duong province and separate the milk waste from the cardboard and plastic waste at the site.

It also contracted the enterprise to transport the milk waste for treatment at its treatment plant and separately burn the cardboard containers, plastic wrap and straws.

Police said both the out-of-date milk and containers should have been treated as hazardous waste.

Jan Wegennar, production manager of Friestland Campina Vietnam, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper the contract stated clearly that the milk had to be separated from solid waste and transported for waste treatment at the enterprise.

If the waste was dumped in the landfill area, it was a breach of the contract, he said.

Huynh Minh Tu, a truck driver who transported the milk, said he saw some of the milk being transported to the treatment plant while some of it was transported to the landfill.

Police also reported other hazardous solid waste had been burned at the landfill area.

Nguyen Thanh Phong, the enterprise’s deputy manager, said the waste caught fire accidentally because of the hot weather.

He said dumping hazardous solid waste at landfill sites intended for household waste was “common at every landfill site.”

Professor Le Huy Ba, director of the HCM City Institute of Science, Technology and Environment Management, told Nguoi Lao dong (The Labourer) newspaper the milk dumped at the landfill was dangerous because it would breed mice and black beetles which could spread disease.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

40 tons of rotten milk found in south

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 4:39 am

40 tons of rotten milk at refuse area of The Gioi Xanh Company. (Photo: SGGP)
Environmental officers from southeastern Binh Duong Province found 40 tons of expired milk on March 16 at a refuse area of The Gioi Xanh Co., located in Tan Uyen District.

The batch of Anco Co. milk was produced in April 2008 at Nutifood and Elovi dairy factories and had an expiration date listed as October 17, 2008.

According to Nguyen Tri Binh, director of both The Gioi Xanh Co. and the Phuong Nam Company in Thuan An District, the latter company was contracted to transfer the rotten milk from a warehouse in Song Than Industrial Zone to the wastewater treatment plant of Nam Tan Uyen JSC for destruction from October 26 to December 15 last year.

However, the milk has remained piled up at a garbage dumpsite of The Gioi Xanh Co.

In December last year, Suc Khoe Doi Song Newspaper quoted Vo Thi Ngoc Hanh, deputy director of Binh Duong Province’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as saying that 105 tons of Anco Co.’s milk, boxed in 110ml boxes and expired since October 2008, had been destroyed after being found contaminated with toxic melamine in December 2008.

This raised questions about the origin of the milk found recently at The Gioi Xanh Co. Investigators say they suspect it might belong to the 105-ton batch of melamine-contaminated milk.

Authorities are continuing to investigate.

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6,000 unsafe milk products still for sale: VFA

In Vietnam Health on November 30, 2009 at 4:12 am

An advertisement for Dutch Lady Vivinal GOS milk

FrieslandCampina Vietnam has recalled around 96 percent of its Dutch Lady Vivinal GOS milk which reportedly caused allergic reactions in some children who consumed the product, said the Vietnam Food Administration (VFA). However, some 6,000 products remain in the market.

The VFA recently ordered the company to withdraw the remaining products and publicize warnings about the milk in the media.

Vivinal GOS is advertised as containing GOS (Galacto Oligosacharide), a natural fiber in dairy that helps enhance absorption of nutrients and stimulate healthy growth.

Some 21 toddlers in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi were hospitalized in recent weeks with rashes, breathing problems, and stomach upset, allegedly after drinking Dutch Lady Vivinal GOS milk.

Related articles:
Dutch Lady Vivinal GOS milk recalled over allergy scare
HCMC health officials investigate Dutch Lady’s dodgy milk

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China executes 2 for role in tainted milk scandal

In World on November 25, 2009 at 10:46 am

China executed a dairy farmer and a milk salesman Tuesday for their roles in the sale of contaminated baby formula — severe punishments that Beijing hopes will assuage public anger, reassure importers and put to rest one of the country’s worst food safety crises.

In this Sept. 18, 2008 file photo, a child cries as he waits for ultrasonic scan to detect for problems related to consuming tainted milk formula at a hospital, in Shijiazhuang, northern China’s Hebei province. (AFP Photo)

The men were the only people put to death in a scheme to boost profits by lacing milk powder with the industrial chemical melamine; 19 other people were convicted and received lesser sentences. At least six children died after drinking the adulterated formula, and more than 300,000 were sickened.

Beijing has responded swiftly and comprehensively to eliminate problems in its food production chain that have spawned protests at home and threatened its export-reliant economy. The milk powder contamination struck a nerve with the public because so many children were affected, but was only one in a series of product recalls and embarrassing disclosures of lax public health safeguards.

Melamine, which is used to make plastics and fertilizers, has also been found added to pet food, eggs and fish feed, although not in levels considered dangerous to humans. The chemical, which like protein is high in nitrogen, fooled inspectors. It can cause kidney stones and kidney failure.

China has tightened regulations and increased inspections on producers and exporters in cooperation with U.S. officials, who have noted a drop in the number of product recalls on Chinese exports.

But Beijing continues to struggle to regulate small and illegally run operations, often blamed for introducing chemicals and additives into the food chain. The country has 450,000 registered food production and processing enterprises, but many — about 350,000 — employ just 10 people or fewer. The U.N. said in a report last year that the small enterprises present many of China’s greatest food safety challenges.

Zhang Yujun, the farmer, was executed for endangering public safety, and Geng Jinping for producing and selling toxic food, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Much of the phony protein powder that Zhang and Geng produced and sold ended up at the defunct Sanlu Group Co., at the time one of China’s biggest dairies.

Xinhua said an announcement of the execution had been issued by the Shijiazhuang Municipal Intermediate People’s Court, although a court clerk who answered the phone Tuesday said he was unable to confirm the sentences had been carried out. Most executions in China are performed by firing squad.

Of the others tried and sentenced in January in the scandal, Sanlu’s general manager, Tian Wenhua, was given a life sentence after pleading guilty to charges of producing and selling fake or substandard products.

Three other former Sanlu executives were given between five years and 15 years in prison.

There was outrage after news spread of the doctored milk in September 2008, both because of the extent of the contamination and allegations that the government prevented the news from breaking until after the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The cover-up accusations were never publicly investigated, and authorities have since harassed and detained activist parents pushing lawsuits demanding higher compensation and the punishment of government officials. Families were offered a one-time payout — ranging from of 2,000 yuan ($293) to 200,000 yuan ($29,000), depending on the severity of the case — to not pursue lawsuits.

Tuesday’s executions brought some comfort to Li Xinquan, who lost one of her 8-month-old twin daughters who was fed with melamine-tainted formula from Sanlu. Li has campaigned to force authorities to admit negligence and provide fair compensation.

“They deserved it. This is the punishment they have received from the government,” said Li, whose other daughter survived because she was breast fed.

Another parent, Wang Zhenping, also voiced satisfaction with the executions, reflecting strong support for the death penalty in China, which executes more people annually than the rest of the world combined.

Wang, who said his 2-year-old son appeared to have recovered from melamine poisoning, rejected the compensation offer and said he was growing weary of the struggle.

“I feel like it doesn’t really matter now,” he said.

U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said last month that Beijing has made progress in increasing product safety.

The numbers of consumer recalls of toys imported from China had fallen from more than 80 in fiscal 2008 to about 40 in fiscal 2009, Tenenbaum said.

“Chinese suppliers and U.S. importers are now on notice from both governments that it is a mistake to depend on good intentions and a few final inspections to ensure compliance with safety requirements,” she told a conference in Beijing.

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Milk prices rise despite lower costs

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Several dairy product producers and importers have raised prices despite a drop in the cost of raw materials in recent months. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan

HCM CITY — A number of dairy product producers and importers have raised prices despite a drop in the price of raw materials in recent months.

Hanco Food Joint Stock Co deputy director Pham Ngoc Chau called the increase “unreasonable” in light of falling prices on the global market.

The price of skim milk powder has fallen by about US$1,000 per tonne to around $2,700-2,800, while whole milk powder was selling for $3,800 per tonne.

By jacking domestic prices, dairy importers were earning windfall profits, Chau added.

Meanwhile, the higher wholesale prices were being passed on directly to retail consumers.

The distributor of the Abbott milk brand in Viet Nam, 3A Pharmaceutical Products Co Ltd has raised the price of a 900g can of Pediasure BA milk powder by VND29,000 to VND352,000.

Le Huu Binh, deputy director of 3A, said the price hikes applied to new products with superior quality.

But a 900g can of Nestle’s Nan Pro milk powder has also gone up in price from VND325,000 ($19) to VND348,000 ($20.50), and the price of a can of condensed milk has risen by VND690 to VND3,800, depending on the brand, according to Citimart deputy director Ngo Van Hai.

And more is coming. Vinamilk will raise retail prices on powdered milk and other powdered nutrition products by VND1,000-6,000, with Vinamilk deputy director Tran Bao Minh blaming the increase on rising costs of packaging and milk fat.

While many of the companies pushing up prices say new packaging designs or products with more nutrient additives were costing more, nutritionists were arguing that additives such as taurine and choline have little benefit.

Chau said the Government needed to inspect the retail market more carefully to ensure protection of consumer rights. —

More deadly milk uncovered

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2008 at 12:52 pm

HCM CITY — The HCM City Health Department has found one more milk brand with products containing melamine, a toxin that is banned in the food industry, bringing the total so far to 24.

Nguyen Thi Khanh Tram, deputy head of the Food Hygiene and Safety Department under the Ministry of Heath (MoH), said on Wednesday that the tainted product was Gold Nutritional Master, made by CMB Food Industrial Ltd Co in HCM City’s Tan Phu District.

Meanwhile, three imported products tested positive for melamine contamination, the Huong Thuy Commerce and Service Co informed the city health department after getting results from the Centre of Standards, Measurement and Quality No3.

The products are Pokka Melon Milk, Pokka Cappuccino Coffee and Milk Coffee Europe. The company said it had distributed about 1,000 cans of these products imported from Singapore.

The department has asked relevant agencies to quickly recall Huong Thuy Co.’s products from their shelves.

The MoH said it would tighten its management of the milk market from central to local levels. Accordingly, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will oversee the quality of domestic milk sources and animal feed.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will be responsible for destroying melamine contaminated products, while the Ministry of Industry and Trade will supervise businesses importing milk and milk based products. —

Vietnam, WHO, FAO offer advice over tainted milk scandal

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and two United Nations agencies have suggested that consumers be alert but not alarmed by the tainted milk scandal as not all milk on sale in Vietnam is contaminated with melamine.

The MoH, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) made the recommendation in their joint statement on melamine milk contamination, issued on October 7.

“We can confirm that not all milk being sold in Viet Nam is contaminated with melamine,” the joint statement says, urging consumers not to boycott milk as this could have an adverse nutritional impact on the nation’s health.

However, the three bodies recommended that consumers only chose products that have been verified as not containing melamine and with proper packaging, labels and origin clearly displayed.

Following the notification of the contamination, the MoH rapidly implemented several initiatives and measure to strictly prevent the exposure of consumers to melamine contaminated milk and milk products and to determine the presence of melamine in milk ingredients, milk and milk products, in order to resolve any obstacles in circulation and protect the rights of businesses.

The MoH has actively collaborated with the WHO and FAO technical experts as well as other ministries and the provincial People’s Committees to establish 20 inter-ministerial teams to conduct inspections; suspend the distribution of all milk materials products that do not have a clear origin and brand name and standardise melamine testing methods, including internationally-approved training courses for Vietnamese technical experts.

It designated 22 laboratories across the country as melamine testing centres, permitted enterprises to actively test for melamine and verify the safety of their products and announced test results to consumers, along with daily updates and announcements to consumers, via the mass media, the list of melamine-contaminated products.

As of the afternoon of October 6, more than 500 samples of milk and milk products had been taken for testing, with 23 samples being identified as containing melamine.

The relevant authorities requested the importers to withdraw the products from circulation.

The Ministry of Health said that the melamine contamination of milk products has been effectively controlled in Vietnam.-