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Animal feed may be tainted

Update: August, 22/2015 - 09:04
Veterinary authority inspects a slaughter house in Cu Chi Distric, HCM City. Prohibited substances have been found in animal feed and veterinary medicine sold in some Southern provinces and cities, especially in HCM City and Dong Nai Province. — Photo tuoitre.vn
HCM CITY  (VNS) — Prohibited substances have been found in animal feed and veterinary medicine sold in some Southern provinces and cities, especially in HCM City and Dong Nai Province, an official from Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has said.

An inspection report from HCM City's Veterinary Medicine Bureau showed that beta-agonist, a class of non-hormonal compounds fed to cattle to gain weight and make them lean, was found in samples taken at slaughterhouses in HCM City's Binh Tan, Binh Thanh, Nha Be, Cu Chi and Hoc Mon distrricts.

Results of the inspection, which began in June, showed that most of the pigs that tested positive with prohibited substances were from Dong Nai, Long An, and Tien Giang provinces.

Tests done on 222 urine samples of pigs from eight slaughterhouses in the localities showed 31 positive samples with the prohibited substances.

Twenty of the 31 positive samples were taken from pigs from Dong Nai.

Pham Tien Dung, head of MARD's Inspection Department, was quoted in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper as saying that the inspections in HCM City, Dong Nai, Tien Giang, and Long An had traced the production, trade and use of the illegal substances.

The HCM City police inspectorate and MARD officials worked together to locate a trading ring selling the prohibited substance salbutamol to the breeding sector.

On Wednesday, an inter-branch inspection found workers at Khoa Nguyen Company in HCM City's Tan Phu District packaging the beta-agonist substance.

Police officials said the sudden inspection of Khoa Nguyen Company was carried out several days after they had traced the origin of the substance in the market.

Police found dozens of workers producing illegal veterinary medicine in a large volume at the company.

Some of the chemical packages had labels from China and others had no labels of origin.

Of the 300 types of substances prohibited from use for veterinary medicine, authorities found a large amount of powder called KN – Samurai, which was packed in 1-kg bags. The substance helps increase muscle volume in cattle and poultry.

According to an investigating official, the products were to be sold in Long An, Tien Giang, An Giang, Kien Giang, Dong Nai, Thai Binh, Tay Ninh, and Ba Ria – Vung Tau.

Dung said the product had been sold in the market with an expiration date of 2016 on the bags.

The company did not have a certificate from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to produce veterinary medicine.

Dung said the company's violation was very serious, and further inspections would be carried out to seize and discard all of the illegal substances. — VNS

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