The Department of Industry and Commerce in Luang Namtha province confiscated and destroyed a large pile of Monosodium glutamate (MSG) last week, after finding them to be fake products.
According to Lao Phattana, the authorities managed to seize a total of 600 MSG-filled bags weighing 200 kilograms valued at LAK 10 million (about USD 568.79).
The authorities reported that they collected the MSG packs from small shops to malls in three districts, including Luang Namtha, Sing, and Viengphoukham.
The Head of the Department of Intellectual Property, Standardisation and Metrology (DISM), Ms. Phonthip Bounxaythip said that by destroying fake products, authorities aim to protect consumers from eating them and encourage them to purchase good-quality ingredients.
She emphasized that the destruction also serves as a warning to those who illegally traffic and distribute fake products into the country, as there will also be legal consequences for similar cases in the future.
The Department of Industry and Commerce in Luang Namtha province took this step to underline the importance of consumer protection and the need to prevent the trafficking and distribution of fake products into the country.
By destroying fake food items that are sold as MSG, the residents are also assured of their safety and protection from consuming potentially dangerous products.