Maker of Number One and other drinks found not to have conducted periodical testing but was otherwise compliant with regulations.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced the results of a complete food safety inspection of well-known local beverage maker Tan Hiep Phat (THP) on June 5, which began in mid-April following reports of foreign objects being found in its soft drink bottles.
THP was fined VND25 million ($1,146) due to incomplete periodical testing of its products. Six of its 23 products were not tested periodically in 2013 and 2014.
According to the inspection team, however, the oversight was unintended as the company was unaware of provisions relating to periodical tests on food products.
According to THP, as two types of bottles - plastic and glass - contained products from the same batch and the same formula the company only periodically tested one type of bottle. It has now implemented additional testing on all products, which were found to meet standards.
Inspections on content labeling of 21 food products found them to be in line with that registered with local authorities.
The inspection also determined that the raw materials and additives used in THP’s production line had clear origins and were preserved in accordance with regulations committed to by the company.
Its bottle production is on modern, closed lines with quality and safety strictly monitored. Workers also had periodic health checks and were fully equipped with the necessary protective clothing.
THP first had some negative publicity when a customer in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang found a fly in an unopened bottle of its Number One energy drink in February. The customer, however, was later prosecuted for taking VND500 million ($22,925) from the company to stay quiet about the incident. Many other people then claimed to have found insects or other objects in THP’s drinks.
An inspection by the Department of Health in the southern province of Binh Duong, where THP’s headquarters are located, was quickly arranged to conduct a 30-day inspection of its production. The inspection wrapped up after just one day, with the inspection team finding no food safety violations.