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Vietnamese coffee maker dyed beans with used battery powder

A VIETNAMESE coffee producer has reportedly been caught red-handed using hazardous materials, such as black powder from used batteries, to dye the beans. Local police and food inspectors on Tuesday said they raided a family-run coffee production factory where they found tons of finished coffee along with raw materials used the produce them, which included 35 kilograms of black powder taken from used D batteries. The authorities also found about 10 liters of black-coloured water. Nguyen Thi Loan, the owner of the establishment, told Tuoi Tre News that her workshop bought rejected coffee beans from large factories at the cheap price and mixed them with other materials like dirt, rock, and dust. SEE ALSO: ‘Poop coffee’ is the most expensive on the planet. But is it ethical?     She said the black powder found inside the used D batteries served as a ‘dye’ to apply finishes to the products. The...

 

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