Vietnam orders recall of C2 bottled tea drink for high lead content

  • Universal Robina Corporation – Vietnam has been ordered from May 20 to pull out batches of C2 bottled tea drink and Rong Do energy drinks
  • The drinks were ordered to be recalled after those were tested to contain higher levels of lead that exceeded permitted limits
  • URC confirmed they are “fully aware” of the recall order of three batches of products manufactured by its factory in Hanoi, one of four facilities the company have in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has ordered the recall of popular tea drink C2 for allegedly having too much lead content.

John Ted Cordero mentioned in his article for GMA News published on May 28 that Universal Robina Corporation – Vietnam has been ordered from May 20 to pull out batches of C2 bottled tea drink and Rong Do energy drinks after the products were tested to contain higher levels of lead that exceeded permitted limits.

In a statement released on May 24 URC, the company said they are “fully aware” of the Vietnamese government’s recall order of three batches of products manufactured by its factory in Hanoi, one of four facilities the company have in Vietnam.

URC assured the public that their other products in Vietnam were not affected by the pull out order.

“We are highly supportive of URC Vietnam’s immediate compliance and desire to cooperate with the Vietnam MOH. URC is also fully aligned with the health authorities’ mandate to protect consumer health wherever it operates,” URC said as quoted in an article by ABS-CBN News.

“URC is committed to be in full compliance with product safety standards and to manufacture products that are of the highest quality, as they have always been throughout the years,” it added.

URC noted that they will be reaching out to their customer and partners proactively and will answer questions they may have regarding the development in Vietnam.

A local news website in Vietnam first broke the news that authorities have identified five container vans that contain C2 and Rong Do.

The lead content in two batches of C2 produced on April 2, 2016 and January 11, 2016 was 0.085 mg/l and 0.46mg/l, respectively, while for Rong Do produced on February 19, 2016, January 14, 2016, and November 10, 2015 were 0.053 mg/l, 0.21 mg/l, and 0.068 mg/l, respectively.

The recorded lead content in the products were higher than the allowable lead level of 0.05 mg/l.

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