DONG NAI – Ten farmers in southeastern Dong Nai province have been fined VND15 million ($714) each for the use of illegal Beta-agonist substances in rearing pigs.
A smaller farm was fined VND3 million ($143).
Beta agonists are used to stimulate growth in animals. In humans they can cause increased heart rates, indigestion and other harmful side effects.
The fines were imposed by district People's Committees following farm inspections by Dong Nai's Department of Animal Health.
Inspectors examined 93 samples of pork, animal feed and pigs' urine on farms in Trang Bom and Thong Nhat districts.
The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked police to trace the origins of the banned substances. – VNS