|Only 498 out of 4,446 small abattoirs checked throughout Viet Nam had sufficient standards of food safety and hygiene. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— Most abattoirs in Viet Nam were unhygienic, said Dam Xuan Thanh, deputy director of the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
Only 498 out of 4,446 small abattoirs checked throughout Viet Nam had sufficient standards of food safety and hygiene, according to the department.
Viet Nam also has 107 large abattoirs where food safety and hygiene are of a high standard, the department said.
The ministry recently checked all abattoirs in the country and classified them into four levels, A, B and C, in which A had the highest level of hygiene and C the lowest.
Abattoirs in the northern provinces of Ha Noi, Yen Bai and Thai Binh have been chosen to run a pilot programme to update C-level slaughter houses.
If it is successful, the programme will be used to upgrade low-level abattoirs across the country.
Thanh said that most small abattoirs were in northern areas.
Thanh admitted that most poultry processed in north Viet Nam did not have clear origin and killing did not follow proper processes. He also admitted that local authorities in some areas did not manage them well.
Another deputy director of the department, Tran Dinh Luan, said people's committees often did not issue strict punishment for health violations.
He claimed that many provinces did not have land to build large abattoirs. They were also unable to encourage enterprises or individuals to invest in them.
Luan said the procedure to set up large establishments was complicated and created too many obstacles for investors. — VNS