Buttered popcorn tested for harmful chemicals

Following media reports that buttered popcorn sold in markets contained harmful chemicals, the Vietnam Food Administration on October 25 asked its sub-departments in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to take samples for testing.

Accordingly, the sub-departments in both the cities tested the popcorns to detect Diacetyl, a substance that enhances the smell of popcorn to attract consumers.

In related health news, the Department of Health in the central province of Ha Tinh has decided to withdraw three medicines from the market for failing to meet required quality standards, including Nimesulid 100 mg manufactured by the Central Pharmaceutical Company No.3; 50g herbal drug Toa Thong Thien bottle made by  Thien Nam at 10 Vo Thi  Sau Street in Nha Trang Town in the central province of Khanh Hoa; and Mekozetel 400mg produced by Mekophar Pharmaceutical Company.
Earlier, health authorities ordered Da Nang Pharmaceutical Medical Equipment Company, importer of Comepar (Lansoprazole capsules) made by Chemfar Organics (P) Ltd. Company in India, and Armephaco Company, importer of Pantilo 40 made by Indian Kausikh Therapeutics (P) Ltd. Company to immediately suspend sales.

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