|A health worker collects samples to test for the use of banned substances in animal breeding at CP Company. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The use of banned substances in animal breeding will be reduced sharply in the future, the chief inspector of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has said.
Nguyen Van Viet confirmed on Wednesday that the ministry had controlled the use of banned chemicals in breeding thanks to urgent preventive measures, inspections and co-ordination of the Ministry of Public Security to break the banned chemical smuggling rings.
Viet said the two main banned substances are salbutamol and VAT Yellow which were widely used in breeding over the last year.
In November, the agricultural ministry also announced hotline numbers to receive denouncements and complaints from residents about the use of these chemicals.
Along with inspections, more sanctions on those violating regulations on selling and using banned substances have also been strictly applied to prevent any recurrence.
The inspectors will continuously increase the number of pork and chicken samples for testing banned substances to protect community health, he said at a conference on reviewing the performance of the agricultural and rural development sector in 2015 and launching the sector's 2016 plans on Tuesday.
The inspectors recently detected only one of 100 samples which used banned chemicals in Bac Giang northern province, he said.
At the conference, the agricultural minister, Cao Duc Phat, requested locals to increase inspections in an effort to ensure food safety this year.
Related to this issue, the minister also asked inspection teams to indicate shops that sell safe food to recover the trust of consumers.
Nguyen Nhu Tiep, head of the quality management department for agro-forestry and fisheries under the MARD, said the ministry has guided locals to raise popularisation on safe and hygienic vegetables and food in food shops and supermarkets.
HCM City and Nha Trang have confirmed some safe food in supermarkets. In Ha Noi particularly, the inspection teams will test products of 27 safe food suppliers to inform customers. — VNS