Ministry of Health confirms noodle contamination by Tinopal

Ministry of health confirms detection of tinopal, a prohibited chemical, in noodles from several manufacturers in Vietnam.

   The Tinopal was being used to make the rice noodles, rice vermicelli, and rice spaghetti to look more white and brighter.
The alert was given last week by the Center for Consumption Study and Consultation (CESCON) which urged related agencies to proceed with further controls

Health agencies found samples of rice noodles in three processing units to have Tinopal and Oxalic acid, both banned food substances.

For instance, four samples of Hoang Thanh food processed at 751/40H/15 Hong Bang Street in District 6 contained Tinopal and excessive amounts of the preservative sodium sulfite.
Samples from Phuong Dung at 71/486 E Phan Huy Ich in Go Vap District also contained Tinopal and so did those from Cat Tuong at 38/73 Street 50 in Go Vap District.

Hoang Thanh and Phuong Dung were fined a total of VND63 million (US$3,000) for violating food safety and hygiene regulations. Inspectors also destroyed all rice noodles at the two units and are considering penalties for Cat Tuong.

The southern province of Tay Ninh and Ba Ria-Vung Tau found Tinopal in rice noodles in three processing units.

Meantime, related agencies in Hanoi, the northern provinces of Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Ha Nam, Yen Bai, Bac Kan, Lao Cai and the central province of Khanh Hoa and HaTinh said there was no trace of Tinopal in rice noodles in these provinces.

Ministry of Health will continue to test rice noodles for Tinopal and keep the media updated.


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