Heavy penalties for use of banned chemicals in animal feed

A revised law that will come into effect on July 1 this year states that those who that feed their animals banned chemicals can face to up to 20 years in prison. Some households were fined at the beginning of March, after excessive amounts of salbutamol, a banned chemical that boosts the growth and production of meat in cattle, were found in their pigs’ urine.

Tran Quang Trung, owner of a farm of over 3,000 pigs in Dong Nai Province, said there was no way a regular breeder could know which brand put banned substances into their food, when all brands advertise their products as clean and of good quality.

“I only buy products by long-established manufacturers, because they use a qualified production process and have their reputation to lose if they do something illegal,” Trung explain.

Nguyen Kim Doan, vice chairman of the Dong Nai Animal Husbandry Association, said the Association has advised local breeders to be careful when picking their fodder brand, and keep the proof of purchase to protect themselves on legal terms.

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Vietnam’s animal breeders anxious about contaminated fodder with tough law pending, Tuoi Tre, Jun 4, 2016

Food safety in Vietnam, a chronic crisis? Tuoi Tre, Sep 8, 2013

 

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