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HCM City bans trade in contaminated fish

Update: April, 29/2016 - 09:00
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HCM City — HCM City authorities will work closely with central provinces, where mass fish deaths have occurred because of chemical substances discharged into waterways, to prevent and stop the trade of dead or dying fish from these areas in HCM City.

Võ Văn Hoan, chief of HCM City People’s Committee Office, said at a press conference held in the city yesterday: “If we don’t prevent unsafe and unhygienic food, local resident’s health as well as tourism will suffer the consequences.”

He said that the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development had issued a ban on transport and trade of dead or dying fish.

Hoan said that trade in these fish had already occurred.

Many seafood enterprises have shifted seafood purchasing from the central province of Khánh Hòa to the south to ensure safety for customers.

HCM City has experienced problems in food supply because of the recent severe drought and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta. — VNS


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