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Labelling, trademarks key to ensuring safe poultry

Update: February, 28/2013 - 02:14

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and representatives from the relevant ministries and agencies undertook field work to supervise the Yen The chicken products in 20 supermarkets and shops in Ha Noi.—VNA/VNS photo Lam Khanh

 

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has ordered the northern province of Bac Giang to maintain the safe trademark for Yen The chickens while trading them to Ha Noi, as a way to combat illegally-smuggled poultry.

The instruction was delivered after Nhan led a government working team to check the model of chicken farming and trading in the province yesterday.

The model was developed after the nation, particularly big cities, was flooded with discarded chickens brought illegally from China and feared to be unhealthy for consumers.

The chickens, which were the first of their kind with clear labelling and safe packaging, have been distributed to a number of supermarkets in Ha Noi.

Over the past three months, around 3 million chickens, or 40 tonnes per day, have been supplied to city dwellers.

Nhan asked the province to step by step expand the business under the current process in order to build trust with customers.

Nhan also suggested that the Yen The chicken products be diversified so that they cater to customers' demands.

Nhan and representatives from the relevant ministries and agencies undertook field work to supervise the Yen The chicken products in 20 supermarkets and shops in Ha Noi.

According to the agriculture ministry's Animal Health Department official, Hoang Kim Giao, six months ago Ha Noi was receiving nearly 100 tonnes of discarded chickens smuggled from mainland China each day.

Ninety per cent of the tested chickens contained residues of anti-biotics, which could be harmful to customers' health, while nearly half of them carried the flu virus.

The situation was brought under control now thanks to efforts to control smuggling from border gates and at inner city markets, as well as the development of the safe chickens model. — VNS

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