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Cysteamine, used in animal husbandry to be banned

Update: January, 06/2017 - 15:58
A farmer works at her pig farm in the southern province of Kiên Giang. Cysteamine, a new chemical substance in animal husbandry will soon be prohibited in feed production. – Photo VNA/VNS Vũ Sinh
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will soon officially issue a circular to prohibit the use of cysteamine - a substance used in animal husbandry.

This was announced recently by Hoàng Thành Vân, head of the ministry’s Animal Husbandry Department.

Cysteamine would be added to the list of banned substances such as salbutamol, he said.

According to Vân, cysteamine is new substance and adding it to feed could improve the growth hormone level, promote growth performance of the animal and lead to creation of lean meat.

There was no study yet proving the effectiveness or harmful effects of this product in breeding, Vân said.

However, he added that the department’s inspectors had discovered some animal husbandry farms were abusing this substance.

Following consultations with scientists, breeding experts and management agencies, the ministry had officially proposed a circular on banning the use of cysteamine in feed production, the head of the department said.

Those found to be violating the rule would be strictly penalised, he added.

Inspection teams had found that some feed products imported from Thailand contained cystaemine.

They also found antibiotics being misused at many animal feed production plants and pig and poultry farms.

Vân said intensified inspection by relevant agencies had essentially controlled the import, distribution and use of banned substances in animal feeding. – VNS




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