Those in Vietnam who are fond of dishes made from goat breasts should be cautious as they may consume those of the pigs, while health risks are imminent due to poor quality.
This is highly probable as an animal health division and police in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, have discovered more than two metric tons of undated pig breasts allegedly from China stashed in a warehouse.
All packages of the pig breasts, with fluid leaking out and an odor exuded, have no food safety certificates or information on their origin. Only Chinese words are printed on the packages.
An officer from the animal health division said that Nguyen Thi Dung, 59, from the northern province of Thai Binh, was in charge of trading and distributing the goods from northern provinces and cities to Ho Chi Minh City.
“Dung and her workers are responsible for labeling the packages ‘goat breasts’ and distributing them to barbecue restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and other southern locales,” the officer added.
Such a practice has been quite common in Vietnam recently.
In January, 1.2 metric tons of rotted pig breasts were discovered being carried by truck from China to Ho Chi Minh City for consumption.
The breasts would be processed into those of the goats by local eateries and sold to customers.
In December 2015, police also seized two metric tons of rotted pig breasts stored in a house in District 12.