Inspectors of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have just issued fine to animal feed manufacturers which used banned chemical Salbutamol in making products.
Cuong Phat located in Phu Son village in Trang Bom District and Bac Au My Company in Bien Hoa Town in Dong Nai Province received administrative fines of VND340 million(US$15,348) and VND470 million (US$21,216) respectively.
In addition to the fines, the two companies were asked to stop operation in one month and they have to destroy all products containing the banned chemical.
The Department of Animal Health in Dong Nai Province have also fined 4 farms in Vinh Cuu District lately for feeding pigs with animal feed containing banned chemical Salbutamol. Total amount of fine is VND60 million (US$2,708).
The World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation banned the use of SAL as growth promoters in animal husbandry. Vietnam banned the substance in husbandry in 2002.