Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have detected the shady practice of using industrial chemicals to increase snails' weight before distributing them to eateries and restaurants.
Police officers uncovered the use of industrial chemicals on snails at a wholesale facility in District 8 on Wednesday, a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday.
Police raided the Ben Luc residential area in District 8 and found workers of a local facility soaking snails in synthesized liquids.
The owner was later revealed to be H., who admitted that chemicals were used to cleanse the snails, shine their shells, and buff up their weight before distribution to markets and restaurants.
Police seized nearly 500 kilograms of chemicals and over 1.3 tons of doused snails from the facility.
They are also further investigating the case.
|Chemical-doused snails at a food supplier in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre|
|Cans of industrial chemicals at a food supplier in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre|