High lead content found in URC products in Vietnam, 5 containers suspended
The Vietnamese unit of FMCG firm Universal Robina Corporation (URC) have been stopped from retailing due to lead content found in its products, according to a Vietnamese Ministry of Health official.
Excessive lead content was found in two batches of C2 Lemon Green Tea produced. 0.085 mg/l was found in a batch produced on April 26, 2016 and 0.46 mg/l from another set of products on January 11, 2016, said Nguyen Van Nhien, Vietnam Ministry of Health deputy chief inspector.
Lead amounting 0.053 mg/l, 0.21 mg/l, and 0.068 mg/l, were also found in 3 batches of energy drink Red Dragon, produced on February 19, 2016, January 14, 2016, and November 10, 2015, respectively.
The maximum acceptable lead content in food products is only at 0.05 mg/l, and each had exceeded allowable content.
URC was asked by the health ministry’s inspectorate to present reports about the actual number of its products produced and sold, and requested them to recall everything for further testing.
The Ministry of Health plans to continue scrutinizing food safety issues at the Vietnamese unit of URC, including additives, ingredients and water sources used to produce their products.