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VIET NAM - Officials accused of certifying substandard aquaculture products

Officials from the Centre for Aquaculture Testing were dismissed after an investigation revealed that since 2013 they had forged certificates of aquaculture products, some of which were harmful for consumers’ health. The investigators found that the employees involved in the scam had falsified documents that allowed more than 800 substandard products of 70 companies to be sold in the market.

July 28, 2016

Officials from the Centre for Aquaculture Testing were dismissed after an investigation revealed that since 2013 they had forged certificates of aquaculture products, some of which were harmful for consumers’ health.

The investigation leading to this evidence was ordered by Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng, who asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in co-operation with police to investigate an agency suspected of forging documents, VietNam Newsreported.

The investigators found that the employees involved in the scam had falsified documents that allowed more than 800 substandard products of 70 companies to be sold in the market.

Evidence has shown that those companies paid a sum of money per product to the employees involved in the case, one of whom was Office Secretariat of Directorate of Fisheries, to have their products cleared any test.

Among the statements made against the officials accepting bribe was that they made fake dispatches and issued illegal dispatches to add substandard products into the list of licenced products for circulation.

Official sources informed that the violators will have to pay back nearly VND 1.2 billion (USD 60,000) they had received from the businesses in this case to the state budget.

Source: FIS // Original Article

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