Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has officially issued a circular to prohibit the use of cysteamine - a substance used in animal husbandry, Hoàng Thanh Vân, head of the ministry’s Animal Husbandry Department said on Monday
The circular will come into effect on March, 1, Vân said, adding that cysteamine would be added to the list of banned substances which includes salbutamol and vat yellow - an imported substance that is used for dyeing cloth or in the construction sector - in Việt Nam.
“Violations relating to the trade and production of prohibited substances will be fined severely under Government law,” he said.
“In the future, if individuals, organisations or companies are found to be involved in the trade of cysteamine, they will be punished under the provisions of Decree 119 on administrative penalties in the fields of animal husbandry and feeds.”
The ministry has set up five laboratories that are qualified to test for cysteamine, so animal husbandry companies or health inspectors can take suspected samples for testing.
Nguyễn Thu Thủy, deputy head of the Animal Husbandry Department said the department was also banning the import of cysteamine.
At a meeting in late 2016, Hoàng Thanh Vân confirmed that cysteamine is a new substance, and adding it to feed could improve the levels of growth hormones, promote the growth performance of the animal and lead to the 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.
Vietnamese inspectors 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.
Last August, the ministry’s inspector team examined and discovered an one-member limited liability company at Trần Quốc Hoàn Street of HCM City’s Tân Bình District that imported two animal feeding products, Maxsure and Synergrown containing cystaemine from Thailand.
A large number of products were sold to animal feed dealers, feed production plants and pig farms nation-wide.
Inspectors fined the company VNĐ180 million (US$8,000) for importing and trading substances that were not on the ministry’s licensed list. — VNS