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Đồng Nai cracks down on illegal abattoirs

Update: February, 16/2017 - 10:43
The Đồng Nai Province Sub-department of Animal Husbandry and Health and other agencies have raided and fined nine slaughterhouses a total of VNĐ75 million (US$3,400) so far this year for failing to obtain quarantine and hygiene certificates. — Photo truyenhinhnhandan.vn

ĐỒNG NAI  The Đồng Nai Province Sub-department of Animal Husbandry and Health and other agencies have raided and fined nine slaughterhouses a total of VNĐ75 million (US$3,400) so far this year for failing to obtain quarantine and hygiene certificates.

The sub-department has also checked 250 businesses run by individuals, including butchers and meat deliverers to markets, and fined 21 of them VNĐ100 million ($4,500) for flouting food hygiene and safety regulations.

The southeastern province, the country’s largest pork producer, has nearly 1.8 million pigs, Trần Văn Quang, the director of the sub-department, said.

There are a large number of private slaughterhouses in the province, he said.

Most are run by families and in residential areas, with the result many fail to conform to regulations.   

At the end of last year there were more than 100 illegal abattoirs in Biên Hòa City and Trảng Bom and Thống Nhất districts alone, and only 30 have been shut down by authorities so far.

To deal with the problem of substandard slaughterhouses, authorities will continue to raid and fine them, confer greater responsibility in lower level agencies and appeal to the public to inform them about illegal facilities in their neighbourhood.  VNS

 

 

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