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No illegal additives found in confiscated animal feed

Update: March, 24/2012 - 09:40

DONG NAI — Nearly 2.5 tonnes of feed confiscated by authorities in Dong Nai Province tested negative for illegal additives, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday.

Nguyen Xuan Duong, deputy head of the ministry's Department of Livestock Husbandry said the feed was confiscated during an inspection of the province's feed producers and businesses.

The finding would reduce customer worries about the quality of meat after questions were raised when urine and meat samples from farms in the province's Thong Nhat District all tested positive for Beta-agonist compounds which increase lean muscle growth but pose hazards to human health.

However, it was difficult for local authorities to manage the production and transport of feed that contained illegal additives, he said.

Pham Minh Dao, head of the province's Agriculture and Rural Development department said some farmers in the province were still using illegal feed additives.

In the near future, relevant authorities would continue conducting inspections of cattle farms as well as 300 business establishments that produced livestock feed, he said.

Cattle farmers were also encouraged to commit to avoiding the use of illegal feed additives, he said.

Meanwhile, Can Xuan Binh, head of Ha Noi's Animal Health Unit said its recent inspections of the city's cattle farms had not uncovered any establishments using illegal feed additives.

He said the city would boost its inspections at slaughterhouses, markets and city gates to prevent undocumented and contaminated meat from entering the market.

In inspections earlier this month, 43 per cent of uria samples taken from cattle farms and 26 per cent of meat samples taken from slaughterhouses in the southern region tested positive for illegal additives. — VNS

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