Gov’t issues salmonella warning for peanut products

Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health February 20 warned consumers of imported salmonella contaminated peanut products, which have caused more than 500 people in 42 US states to be seriously ill.

The batch of peanut butter, with the codes 03FEB9B and 29APR09B were imported by An Nam Food Company.

According to Associate Professor, Dr. Le Hoang Ninh, director of HCMC Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection and may last for up to seven days. It may kill high-risk people if they do not take antibiotics.

In related news, deputy director of the Department of Livestock Husbandry, Nguyen Xuan Duong said that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development would not change the proposal to raise import tax on dairy products, which not only protects home dairy breeders and stimulates demand for fresh milk but also prevents consumers from low quality imported dairy produce.

Vietnam cut the import tax on dairy produce to 3 - 7 percent but consumers still have to pay a lot while global milk prices have fallen sharply since the middle of last year.

By L.Tue, Ph.Hau – Translated by Thuy Doan

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