Ho Chi Minh City police uncovered hundreds of kilograms of fake monosodium glutamate (MSG) which they said originated in China at a warehouse in District 8 on Tuesday.
The fake MSG has been confiscated to aid officers in their investigation into the case, a representative of the District 8 police unit said on Thursday.
According to initial reports, local law enforcement pulled over a motorbike rider carrying a suspicious load on Tung Thien Vuong Street in District 8 at 1:10 pm on Tuesday.
Upon inspection, police discovered that the man, identified as 42-year-old District 8 resident Do Trach Kham, was transporting 120 packets of fake MSG in Ajinomoto brand packaging.
A search of Kham’s house uncovered 56 packages of MSG in Saji brand packaging.
Investigators also found 46 empty packages of MSG, nine 25-kilogram bags of MSG smuggled from China, 1,300 fake Ajinomoto brand bags, and repackaging tools.