Posted: 23 April 2019

Note by Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.: Be sure to read carefully. As an example in this paragraph it appears that super sweet sugar is aspartame: "Super sweet sugar" is used to cook ginseng juice, sugarcane, milk tea ... being invited by AH on Phan Van Kho street (on the side of Kim Bien Market, District 5) for VND 350,000 / kg. See product packaging, we only see Chinese characters, there are no extra labels, while this is aspartame sugar, if overdose causes harm to the liver and kidneys; currently some countries such as the US and Japan have banned use."

This was translated from Vietnamese but remember most aspartame is made in China and Ajinomoto in Japan is the largest manufacturer. They are making the point as we have, that you must read labels because many things are hidden, Why they think aspartame is banned in the US and Japan I don't know. In the US we have certainly tried to ban it. But notice also that aspartame called "Super sweet sugar" is used to cook ginseng juice, sugarcane, milk and tea. So you might think you are consuming sugarcane or tea but it's been cooked in aspartame.

So much aspartame today is unlabeled. Look at what they say, they only see Chinese characters. It has gotten to the point that we simply have to stay away from processed foods altogether. It is sad that so many millions of people are being poisoned with aspartame and no telling how many other toxic chemicals. Plus the FDA refuses to accept a ban because they don't want to have to explain how the FDA said on the record that aspartame violated the Delaney Amendment because it caused cancer, and yet approved it against the law. They were given a list of studies that showed how dangerous it is after 2002 but said they won't accept anything before that date even though they refused to discuss studies before that date like the Trocho Study proving the formaldehyde embalms living tissues. Some of the employees have admitted on the record they are broken, there is corruption and whistleblowers fear reprisals. Don Rumsfeld in getting aspartame approved for G. D. Searle simply had to take over the FDA by getting President Reagan to fire the FDA Commissioner, write an executive order forbidding him from signing the revoked petition into law, and appointing one of Rumsfeld's friends as Commissioner to overrule the Board of Inquiry. So millions of people the world over are disabled or died from Rumsfeld's plague. The medical text which the FDA has a copy of is 1000 pages of the horrors caused by this poison called "Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic" [ ]

So remember the FDA has said they are broken which means you know who is running the FDA, and Congress had their chance during congressional hearings and refused to even sign a bill that would have put a moratorium on aspartame and required independent studies on the problems being seen in the public from this chemical poison. You have no protector. It's as simple as this - if you don't read labels and watch what you eat you can be poisoned by this toxin.

This is an English translation of the original article entitled, "T m ph? gia th?c ph?m ? Ch? 't? th?n' Kim Bin". Which may be found at:


TP - It is not difficult to find the type of food additives from domestic to foreign, import or import illegally. However, the quality of this product is still the consumers' insecurity.

Both lower and lower gold are available

Kim Bien Market (District 5) is considered a "kiln" specializing in providing all kinds of industrial chemicals, food additives for the whole city and southern provinces. In addition to industrial chemicals such as drain agents, bleaching agents, borax ... chemicals used for food processing are also sold publicly. Here, the most popular is still flavored fruits, milk powder, chemical sugar, color additives ... with the use of softening, plasticizing or crunchy food to create flavor, color for the map. Eating drinks ... costs quite cheap, 15,000-60,000 VND / 100 grams depending on type.

At noon on April 14, in the role of a customer, we went to the market to buy flavors for making cakes. At the food additive business area, female employees offered: "There are all kinds of coconut, durian, cocoa, vanilla ... both domestic and foreign, the price is 100,000-130,000 VND / box. My goods are on the allowed list, so please rest assured. In addition, I also have additives to help sponge cake, soft and longer use time.

At this store, we found that there are many types of flour, flavoring, food additives are packed in large boxes (1kg size), or carefully packed, with packaging, labels. Specifically as additive group used in processing spring rolls, noodles with noodles, vegetables, jelly jelly, tofu, confectionery, soft drinks ... Preservatives, anti-mold, color retention, making bleaching products such as Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Metalbisulphite, Eribate, 03 Nata ... of many different companies.

Some small businesses in Binh Tay market (District 6) introduced the MSG which is said to be imported from Thailand, outside only the Fujimori I + G words with quite expensive price of 185,000 VND / kg. According to the seller, this is foreign monosodium glutamate, sweet taste like bone meat and stew, if business is eating, it is advisable to buy this type for profit. Very easy to use, want to sweet much, give a lot. However, according to our understanding, this is actually the "super sweet powder" - the substance that is included in the Ministry of Health's food additive list, needs to be strictly controlled and used at the permitted dosage.

"Super sweet sugar" is used to cook ginseng juice, sugarcane, milk tea ... being invited by AH on Phan Van Kho street (on the side of Kim Bien Market, District 5) for VND 350,000 / kg. See product packaging, we only see Chinese characters, there are no extra labels, while this is aspartame sugar, if overdose causes harm to the liver and kidneys; currently some countries such as the US and Japan have banned use.

At many traditional markets, grocery stores ..., all kinds of additives are extracted into small packages, the sketchy string of elastic band is also sold. Just need guests to be met immediately. At a counter at Nguyen Van Troi market (District 3), when I knew I wanted to buy meat and cottage marinated spices here, I introduced all kinds of marinated spices of Vietnam, Korea, Thailand ... 39,000- 50,000 VND (depending on type).

Costly, buying and selling goods without profit, a small businesswoman whispered: "I have a special sauce, cheap and good, make sure to eat off the goods on the market." Then this person took out the slippery black water bag, put in a plastic bag, no label introduced: "10,000 VND / bag, each marinated bag is about 1.5 kg of meat, and want to be delicious, then marinate 1 kg meat only. Chewy meat, which is marinated, is also soft; Especially, the ability to eliminate bad smell of meat is not good.

According to this small business, this is the sauce she extracted from the big spice, the customer bought it very much because the taste was cheap. "Every week, I deliver nearly a hundred bags to the western provinces, they buy big bags at the price of 30,000 dong. They used to use this kind of stuff down there. " However, when we asked to see a large sauce can, she was embarrassed to rush into a bottle of soy sauce next to her and said it was the same oyster oil.

Thin linez

According to Do Xuan Truong, deputy head of Kim Bien Market Management Board, the market now has 534 stalls with 314 households doing business on items, including 16 households doing business in flavoring, food additives ... All households have been granting business registration certificate, certification of food safety conditions, participating in knowledge training courses. However, he admits, there is still a situation where there are many additives that have been used in both industry and food, making this unit difficult to control.

Dr. Tran Van Ky, Vietnam Food Science and Technology Association, said that food additives are not toxic when used alone, but if combining many additives during processing can generate toxic substances due to chemical reactions or physical impacts. Therefore, consumers who buy food should carefully read the label to know how much food it contains to make the right choice. In the process of processing food at home, additives should not be abused such as monosodium glutamate, seasoning powder, coloring products, softeners, bleaches ...

The representative of HCMC Market Management Department said that violations in the field of additives and chemicals in Ho Chi Minh City are mainly trading in smuggled goods, trading in unknown chemicals, and wrongly labeling products. goods imported, mixed additives and chemicals sold to customers contrary to the permitted regulations.

The inspection still faces many difficulties due to the peculiar nature of these additives. Many types have a small weight, have a variety of tasteless, diverse types, exist in many different forms, so it is easy to mix into other goods. Selling points are often broken down and torn apart to bypass the functional force. There are cases of catching objects carrying toxic food additives but the functional forces must take a long time to assess and determine that they are on the list of banned substances to be treated.

Unintentional harm

According to Pham Khanh Phong Lan, Head of Food Safety Management (HCMC), even those additives that are allowed to be used in food must comply with the limits on dosage, concentration and safe use. all. So the principle is to make the additive name publicly use ingredients and use notes. In case of using food additives not in the right amount and in the wrong category, especially additives that are not allowed to be used in food, will cause many harms such as poisoning, cancer, gene mutations, teratogen in pregnant women ...

?We regularly have inspections and sudden inspections of establishments producing food products using additives, enhancing testing samples to assess risks and promptly detect violations. Along with that, strengthen training knowledge for food safety management staff of districts, production and business establishments above so that they can be aware of their roles and responsibilities. Actively propagate to people about how to buy and use food additives to ensure quality, safety and harms of misuse of additives - Ms. Phong Lan said.

On 11/4, Team 4 Police Department for Environmental Crime Prevention, HCMC Police said, 3 establishments were found in District 8, led by Ms. Le Kim Truc, soaking 2 tons of lotus and banana with chemicals of unknown origin. Besides, police also seized 200 kg of bleach, 5 kg of borax, 100 kg of acetic acid. These are chemicals that cannot be used for human food processing. The owner acknowledges pouring chemicals directly into the lotus and bananas before transporting them to small traders in wholesale markets, retail markets, restaurants and other provinces.

In the first quarter of 2019, more than 8,000 establishments detected violations of food safety

In the first 4 months of 2019, HCMC has discovered many suspected cases of collective food poisoning. Specifically, on April 6, 61 students of Nguyen Thi Dinh primary school (Q.12) were hospitalized for emergency after having lunch with bread. They all share symptoms of food poisoning such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting ...

On February 19, 24 workers of a company in the area of Tan Phu district admitted to Tan Phu Hospital because of manifestations of gastrointestinal disorders, suspected of food poisoning. Before that, during lunch, many workers had vegetarian meals with a diet including sprouts, abalone mushroom salad, okra with stock of coconut, vegetarian tofu. After eating for about 15 minutes, many people feel nausea, dizziness, headache, discomfort in the abdomen ...

According to the report of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, units have discovered many violations of food safety. Results in quarter 1/2019, HCMC checked 22,530 establishments and discovered 8,550 violating establishments (37.75% rate), fined 464 establishments with a total fine of over 5 billion VND. Especially transfer police investigation agencies to prosecute a case of food safety violations. It is quite remarkable that in the context of food hygiene and safety violations are quite common, but authorities have been difficult to handle.

In 2018, the Kim Bien Market Management Board checked 23 times and said that most of the households have complied with the regulations, but there are still some households updating imported and exported goods incomplete. , was reminded. In addition to periodic and daily inspections, the market management committee assigns responsibility to employees in charge of the commodity sector to regularly propagandize and remind small businesses to abide by the provisions of law, trade in goods to ensure Food safety