All in the name of cost-saving... Tsk.
Most of us can’t live without coffee. It’s even better when it’s Vietnamese coffee. But recently a coffee factory in Vietnam was busted for mixing other substances into their coffee mix!
According to The Star, the facility in Dak Nong province, owned by Nguyen Thi Loan, was raided by the police and food inspectors. They had received a tip from the public who suspected that something fishy was going on with their coffee.
Coffee factory in Vietnam found doing ‘dirty’ business
Police found 12 tonnes of ‘dirty’ coffee. This was seized along with 35kg of black powder extracted from used batteries and a bucket of unknown black liquid weighing 10kg.
After being interrogated by the local authorities, Loan admitted that in order to save costs, she would buy all the rejected coffee beans from other manufacturers at low prices.
The beans would be grounded in her factory. Later, she would add in dirt and rock dust. Then, she dyes the mixture to a dark enough coffee colour to deceive consumers.
Loan has been operating her business for years now. In 2018 alone, she has already sold 3 tonnes of ‘dirty’ coffee. The ‘dirty’ coffee has now been seized by the police to send to the lab to run tests.
Coffee factory in Vietnam found producing coffee with toxic substances
According to Associate Professor Tran Hong Con, a chemistry expert from the Vietnam National University, the manganese dioxide found in the batteries is a highly oxidant compound. Consuming 0.5mg of manganese dioxide dissolved in water can cause poisoning.
Prolonged exposure could even lead to brain damage and death. This type of poisoning is irreversible.
But this is not the only toxic material in batteries. Other heavy metals found in batteries include lead, mercury, zinc, cadmium and arsenic. These are all highly toxic substances and can damage one’s brain, kidney, cardiovascular system and fertility if consumed, Tuoi Tre News said.
Source: The Star
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