HCMC destroys 80 pigs with banned chemicals

In a press brief at state-run Vissan Co, Vietnam's leading foodstuff processor yesterday, inspectors from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced decision to fine director Nguyen Van Toan who sold pigs with banned chemical Salbutamol.

At the meeting, inspectors also decided to destroy 80 pigs detected to have Salbutamol. The pigs was bought from the southern province of Dong Nai by director Nguyen Van Toan of Nguyen Tra Company.

Before, as usual, on April 20, the vets from the city’s vet station paid visit to Vissan Company’s slaughter house in BInh Thanh District to take samples and have quick test and then they detected 80 pigs of Mr. Toa’s company to be positive fro Salbutamol.

Once checked again, inspectors detected that the content of Salbutamol in pigs is fivefold the allowable limit

Consequently, a fine of VND50 million (US$ 2,242) was issued to Mr. Toan. Additionally, Toan must pay the cost of destruction which is around VND100 million (US$ 4,484).

A representative from Vissan said that the company will cut the contract to provide pigs with Mr. Toan’s company. The representative also said the company check all pigs which provided by companies though these companies have certificate of VietGap to protect customers’ health. 

By Cong Phien – Translated by Anh Quan

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