Thursday, November 26, 2015

Vietnam cracks down on banned substances in animal feed

Vietnam’s Animal Feed Division of the Animal Husbandry Department said it would crack down on animal feed production and trading establishments and pig farming and slaughterhouses in the south from November to February 2016.
Inspection teams will focus on small and medium-size production establishments and those without a clear place of origin. Inspections will follow up on legal regulations related to the use of banned substances, Clenbuterol, Salbutamol and Ractopamine, in pig and beef breeding and Vat Yellow in poultry breeding.
Tighter inspections aim to improve the quality and safety of feed.
In August, Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said prohibited substances had been found in animal feed and veterinary medicine sold in some of the country’s southern regions.
Beta-agonist, a class of non-hormonal compounds fed to cattle to make them gain lean weight, was found in samples taken at slaughterhouses in several districts of Ho Chi Minh City.
Pigs also tested positive for prohibited substances in several districts. Of 222 samples from pigs in eight slaughterhouses, 31 were positive for prohibited substances. Of those 31, 22 came from pigs in Dong Nai.
And, in April, MARD said it would crack down on pig and pig feed producers that use substances that are banned for use in feed.
Nguyen Xuan Duong, vice head of the ministry's Department for Animal Husbandry, during a press conference held April 6, said that businesses in violation of using banned substances in pig feed would be issued warnings for the first two offenses. If a third offense were to occur, the establishment in violation would be forced to close. The MARD official added that closed establishments would also have their names released to the media.

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