Hanoi: Sales of duck and chicken eggs in southern Vietnam have plummeted after tests showed that many had been tainted with large amounts of a carcinogenic agent, media reported Monday.
"Today we could only sell 50,000 eggs compared to 400,000-500,000 normally," Pham Thi Huan, head of a Ho Chi Minh City egg supplier, told the Thanh Nien online newspaper.
The drop in sales as well as prices came after the department of science and technology in Ho Chi Minh City announced it had found dangerous amounts of sudan, an industrial solvent, in egg samples.
Several eggs tested contained more than 12,000 micrograms of sudan per kilogram. Anything higher than 500 micrograms is considered unsafe.
Not only have some consumers stopped buying eggs but commercial food processors have cancelled their orders.