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URC fined $270,000 for quality violations

Released at: 15:46, 01/06/2016

URC fined $270,000 for quality violations

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Ministry of Health issues fines after lead content in beverages found to be above regulated levels.

by Tue Lam

Beverage manufacturer URC Hanoi has been fined VND5.812 billion ($261,540) for quality violations, the Ministry of Health (MoH) Inspectorate announced on May 31.

URC Hanoi, the name behind C2 and Red Dragon, among others, was fined VND5.812 billion ($261,540) after inspections found higher-than-permitted lead contamination in its C2 and Red Dragon drinks.

Other violations were also uncovered, including two product storage facilities not ensuring quality and measures to prevent pests not being as prescribed.

VET unsuccessfully approached URC Hanoi for comment.

The MoH Inspectorate confiscated the two inspected batches and forced the Philippines-invested company to improve the quality of its storage facilities.

URC Hanoi is under URC Vietnam Co. and located at the Thach That Industrial Zone in Quoc Oai district, Hanoi.

URC Vietnam Co., in turn, is part of the Universal Robina Corporation from the Philippines and has 100 per cent foreign capital and been in Vietnam since 2003, with total investment capital of $14.5 million. Its main brands include C2 green tea, C2 COOL, Red Dragon energy drink, Jus fruit juice, Cream-O cake, Magic, Piatos, Funbite, and Dynamite candy.

Questions concerning the levels of lead in URC’s products arose at the start of May when test results on C2 and Red Dragon were leaked on social networks. Since then URC has coordinated with authorities to carry out other tests but the results have been inconsistent.

The MoH asked three Vietnamese institutes to check samples of URC’s products before reaching a final decision.

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