The Vietnamese Ministry of Health is carrying out a food safety inspection at Suntory Pepsi
Co Vietnam Beverage (SPVB) following recent checks at the Vietnam operations of U.S. Coca-Cola
and Philippine URC
, local media reported, citing a ministry decision.
The inspectors will look into the beverage firm’s legal compliance with food safety regulations during 45 days starting September 6. The scrutiny will take place at the firm’s distribution centers, suppliers of material, food additives, and package.
Set up in April 2013, Ho Chi Minh City-based SPVB is a fully foreign owned joint venture in Vietnam between U.S. PepsiCo Inc. and Japan’s Suntory Holdings Limited.
SPVB is the third foreign-invested beverage producer that undergoes comprehensive checkup by local health authorities since May this year.
In late May, URC Hanoi Co. Ltd., the Vietnamese branch of the Philippine food and beverage firm Universal Robina Corporation (URC) had to recall a batch of products that contained excessive lead content.
In addition, URC was imposed a fine worth 5.8 billion dong ($260,000) for such violations.
In late July, the Ministry of Health fined Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam Ltd. Nearly $20,000 for violations in production of food supplement.
The fine was announced after health inspectors found that three plants of Coca-Cola Vietnam produced supplemented food drinks without obtaining any certificates for food hygiene and safety granted by the ministry.
The ministry will look into operations of Wonderfarm-branded soft drinks producer later this year.