Two coffee-grounding facilities in Ho Chi Minh City were on Friday found mixing soybean into their products, which will later be on sale as pure coffee.
The joint inspection raided into an establishment in Binh Tan District, and found a large amount of soybean mixed coffee there.
Many workers were operating the coffee-making machines in unsanitary conditions at the time of raid.
There were also a large amount of unprocessed soybean and fish sauce which is sometimes added to coffee to increase its flavor, according to the inspectors.
The facility owner admitted that besides selling “pure coffee”, he also makes soybean-mixed coffee as requested by many customers who source his products.
The customers normally ask to have the soybean-coffee mixing ratio of 40:50 or 50:50, he revealed.
In a separate raid into a facility in Binh Chanh District the same day, inspectors also found a large amount of soybean mixed coffee along with many other colorings and chemicals used to enhance the coffee flavor.
All the items were seized for further investigation.
A recent survey has found that more than 30 percent of the coffee consumed daily in four Vietnamese provinces and cities have an insignificant content of caffeine, or no caffeine at all.
The surveyed localities are Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and the southern provinces of Binh Duong and Soc Trang.