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Tens of thousands of private abattoirs remain uncontrolled

Update: May, 14/2015 - 18:11
A butcher sells pork at a traditional market in central Da Nang City. — Photo dantri.com.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Only some 12,000 out of more than 34,600 private abattoirs are controlled by veterinary agencies, while the rest are illegal and barely meet hygiene standards, a conference heard yesterday.

The information was revealed at a conference held by the Veterinary Department, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Director of the department Pham Minh Dong said the slaughter and transport of cattle and poultry from these private, unhygienic abattoirs would increase the possibility of transmitting diseases from ill animals to humans.

A survey released by the department showed that the hygiene of most illegal private slaughterhouses nationwide was substandard. Waste water was directly discharged into rivers, and the slaughter was carried out on dirty floors.

Wells or rivers, which could not meet hygiene standards, were mainly used as sources of water.

According to Dong, the boom in illegal abattoirs was mainly attributable to a shortage of staff and loose management of authorised agencies. — VNS

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