|Inspectors check quality of chicken at a slaughterhouse in central Da Nang City's Lien Chieu District. Authorised agencies are ordered to bring chicken-smuggling activities under control nation-wide. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HA NOI (VNS
)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has required Ha Noi People's Committee and northern Bac Giang Province People's Committee to supply quarantined chicken to city people.
The move comes as authorities try to deal with rampant poultry smuggling, which has cut dramatically into the business of domestic traders and threatens to lead to serious outbreaks of avian flu.
Specifically, Nhan asked city authorities to encourage businesses in Ha Vi Poultry Wholesale Market and other markets to swap smuggled chicken without certificates for domestic chicken.
He also requested the ministries of Public Security and Industry and Trade to force heads of chicken-smuggling rings to halt their trading activities by December 12.
Deputy PM asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to complete a draft project on preventing chicken smuggling into Viet Nam before next Friday. The issue is particularly serious in the bordering provinces of Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Cao Bang, Lang Son and Quang Ninh.
Any drafted legislation must include punishments for transporting and trading chicken without clear origins or quarantines and regulations on culling ill-quality chicken. It must also list the harmful effects eating such meat has on human health.
The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Public Security in 11 cities and provinces where chickens are sold, pending approval by the Government.
On Tuesday, Ha Noi Market Watch seized and culled more than 3.5 tonnes of chicken imported from China without proper papers, including food hygiene and safety certificates.
The Ministry of Health's Department of Food Hygiene and Safety previously issued a warning that smuggled chicken contains banned chemicals that harm human health.
Chicken imported from South Korea to Viet Nam have met standards for food quality, safety and hygiene, a conference heard yesterday.
Representatives from South Korean and Vietnamese import-export chicken companies said that chickens imported from South Korean are usually mature and have laid many eggs, but are still of good quality and nutritious. The conference came as a response to local media reports that chicken imported from South Korea is bad for consumers.
Do Thi Hong Nhi, director of Dung Thanh Dat Trading Services Import-Export Co, Ltd, confirmed that all produce had been thoroughly checked and had been certified for nutrition levels and food hygiene by animal health departments.
Currently, there are four factories processing this type of chicken in South Korea. About 70 per cent are for domestic consumption and the rest for export. Each year, about 27 million fowls are consumed. Viet Nam and Japan are the two main export markets, and buy the goods for up to VND50,000 ($2.3) per kilo.
Figures from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Livestock Breeding Department show that by September, Viet Nam had imported more than 6,140 tonnes of chicken from South Korea, accounting for 11.7 per cent of the total imported chicken. — VNS