A family-run coffee production establishment in Dak Nong Province in the Central Highlands of Vietnam will be criminally prosecute because she has violated food safety regulation.
Before, the owner had been caught red-handed producing coffee from dirt, rock dust and the black powder found inside D batteries. The black powder found inside D batteries was used to ‘dye’ the mixture to produce finished products.
According to the government’s decree No. 178, the violator will be fined VND70-100 million and related agency will have to destroy all devices and coffee.
Plus, in addition to administrative fine, since 2017, Vietnam imposed harsh punishment on food safety violation, said Mr. Tiep. As per the new criminal law, such violators will receive fine of VND50-200 million and one-five imprisonment.
Tiep affirmed the case is very serious and related agency had have enough evidence to put the production facility owner in prison.
Concerning to the issue, this morning, in a press brief in Hanoi, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam said that mixing black powder found inside D batteries with coffee causes harm to consumers; furthermore, it badly affects Vietnam’s coffee prestige in the globe.
Deputy Minister Nam said that after the scandal, consumers in the world will have antipathy for made –in Vietnam coffee products. Accordingly, the deputy minister announced to ask for severe punishment on the owner to deter others.