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Hanoi finds tons of expired turkey legs having expiration date altered

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 15:19 GMT+7
Hanoi finds tons of expired turkey legs having expiration date altered
Smoked turkey legs are put inside boxes at a refrigerated warehouse at Quang Minh Industrial Park in Hanoi. Photo: Xuan Bui / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Hanoi have discovered over 12 metric tons of made-in-Korea smoked turkey legs, whose expiration date had been changed from 2019 to 2020, at a local refrigerated warehouse.

The city’s market watchdog, in coordination with environmental police officers, inspected a refrigerated storage facility at Quang Minh Industrial Park in Me Linh District on Monday.

Officers discovered more than 12 metric tons of smoked turkey legs imported from South Korea.

An officer examines smoked turkey legs during a inspection at a facility in Hanoi on December 30, 2019. Photo: Photo: Xuan Bui / Tuoi Tre

An officer examines smoked turkey legs during an inspection at a facility in Hanoi on December 30, 2019. Photo: Photo: Xuan Bui / Tuoi Tre

The expiration date of these products was found to have been altered from March 2019 to March 2020.

Many of the turkey legs were already boxed and ready for shipping.

Smoked turkey legs often sell for VND250,000 (US$10.8) apiece in Vietnam.

A smoked turkey leg appears to have gone bad inside a refrigerated warehouse in Hanoi. Photo: Xuan Bui / Tuoi Tre

A smoked turkey leg appears to have gone bad inside a refrigerated warehouse in Hanoi. Photo: Xuan Bui / Tuoi Tre

The total value of the expired turkey legs was estimated at VND5 billion ($216,000).

The facility owner failed to produce receipts and other documents related to the foodstuffs.

Further investigation is ongoing.

Boxes of expired smoked turkey legs are ready for shipping at a facility in Hanoi. Photo: Xuan Bui / Tuoi Tre

Boxes of expired smoked turkey legs are ready for shipping at a facility in Hanoi. Photo: Xuan Bui / Tuoi Tre

Boxes of expired smoked turkey legs are ready for shipping at a facility in Hanoi. Photo: Xuan Bui / Tuoi Tre

Boxes of expired smoked turkey legs are ready for shipping at a facility in Hanoi. Photo: Xuan Bui / Tuoi Tre

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