Quick test kits to detect Salbutamol to be used by inspectors

The Department of  Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced to set up inspection teams to visit slaughterhouses across the country.

As plan, 4,000 quick test kits will be employed by inspectors from bureaus of animal health in cities and provinces to detect Salbutamol which can improve the meat/fat ratio in fattened animals and accelerate livestock growth.

Yet inspectors will concentrate more on taking samples for tests in major cities such as Ho Chi Minh City with 600 samples; Hanoi with 300 samples, the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Ba Ria Vung Tau with 300 samples, 150 samples and 100 samples respectively and the central city of Da Nang with 100 samples.

In addition, animal health agencies will liaise with other department to trace back the source of the substance and handle violations if having. Reports of the inspections will be sent before June 30.

In related news, the Department of Animal Health, Husbandry and Fisheries in BInh Duong Province  April 5 issued a fine to two pig breeding farms which used Salbutamol to increase the meat ratio; each was fined VND20 million (US$899.8) 

Before, the inter-department inspection team from the Department of Animal Health, Husbandry and Fisheries  and the environment police unit (PC49) paid unscheduled visit to Le Long Ho and Luong Van Dung’s pig farm  in Thuan An Town in Binh Duong Province. Tests showed a detection of beta-agonist residues in nearly 400 pigs in the two farms. Beta-agonist  is a lean -meat agent that helps pigs gain weight in a very short time.

The inspectors gave a fine of VND10.5 million to 33 year old Tran Quoc Thai who asked workers to inject water and tranquilizer into hundred animals to make them heavier before sending them to slaughterhouse.

By staff writers - translated by Anh Quan

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