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Vietnamese police seize “deadly coffee” mixed with black powder from used batteries

A family-run coffee producer in Vietnam’s Dak Nong province has been caught producing coffee mixed with harmful ingredients from used batteries, dirt and rock dust and dyed black, Tuoi Tre News daily newspaper reported. Authorities seized about 12 tonnes of “dirty” coffee from the illegal factory in a raid on Monday (April 16). They also discovered tons of finished coffee as well as raw materials used in production, including 35 kilograms of black powder taken from used D batteries and a bucket of blackish water weighing around ten kilograms. The owner of the facility, Nguyen Thi Loan, admitted to the police that she would buy rejected coffee beans from other facilities at low prices.  The beans would then be ground and mixed with other ingredients such as dirt and rock dust and then used the black powder found inside D batteries to ‘dye’ the mixture to produce finished products. Loan confessed to having...

 

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