HA NOI — All urine and meat samples from farms in recent weeks have tested negative for beta-agonist compounds which increase lean muscle growth but pose hazards to human health, said Nguyen Xuan Duong, deputy head of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Livestock Husbandry Department, yesterday.
He added that of the nearly 200 feed, urine and meat samples collected in the first three months of this year only 5 per cent had proved positive for the chemical – 10 times lower than during the previous two months ago.
However, he said it was vital that officials closely supervise the production and transport of animal feed.
Duong also warned of the risks of adding Sanbutamol and Clenbuterol to animal feed, which can cause anxiety, headaches, muscle cramps and sleep disorders.
He said the Ministry of Health should ban these substances in animal feed.
Nguyen Hung Long, deputy head of the Ministry of Health's Food Safety and Hygiene Department, advised consumers to avoid meat that had an unusually thin fat layer and reddish spots. — VNS