People who use banned substance in food processing to receive criminal penalty

Currently, production and sales of fake fertilizer, pesticide, veterinary medicine, animal feed or without clear indication of origin  and using banned substances in making food and husbandry are an urgent issue which caused concern amongst the public.

Substandard products also caused damages crops and loss of farmers and state budget. Accordingly, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has jut ordered related ministries and agencies to tighten control over manufacturing and sales of low quality above-mentioned commodities and banned substances used in food processing.

As per his direction, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) will be held accountable to the government on management of organic fertilizer, other kinds of fertilizer, plant protection drug, veterinarian medicine, and animal feed across the country.

The Ministry has to announce hot line to receive complaints on management, business and agricultural materials and agricultural, forestry and fishery safety.

In the first quarter of 2016, MARD will send a report to the Prime Minister of its task in prevention of substandard fertilizer, plant protection drug, veterinarian medicine and animal feed. Deputy PM Phuc also asked the Ministry of Public Security to uncover, stop and investigate manufacturing and selling these above-mentioned products as well as issued harsh penalties to violators. Even police officers will take criminal proceedings against violators if they were found to commit serious crime.

After a company was found to sell two substances Salbutamol and Clenbuterol which are used in medical Q to animal feed stores, the Drug Administration of Vietnam under the Ministry of Health had sent a document to General Department of Customs ordering to stop importing the two substances for the two substances are being used in wrong way.

For Salbutamol and Clenbuterol had been imported before, the administration order to use it for making drug or just sell to companies which have certificate of business.

By Lam Nguyen, Quoc Lap – translated by Anh Quan

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