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Russia tightens checks on meat imports over dioxin crisis

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Russia said Saturday it had heightened checks on meat from Germany and other European countries and threatened an import ban after Germany closed thousands of farms over animal feed tainted with dioxin.

Eggs suspected to be contaminated with dioxin, are pictured at a laboratory of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s food control institute in Muenster January 4, 2011

The Russian agriculture watchdog said in a statement sent to AFP on Saturday that it had “taken the decision to heighten control of food of animal origin imported from Germany and several other European Union countries”.


It did not specify which European Union countries fell under the tougher rules.


The watchdog also threatened that Russia could ban meat imports if it did not receive official information on the situation as soon as possible and if it were not satisfied by European measures to control the situation.


The watchdog “retains the right to introduce restrictions on supplying food of animal origin to the Russian market from the regions of heightened risk”, it said in the statement.


German officials said Friday they had shut 4,700 farms and destroyed more than 100,000 eggs after tests showed dangerous levels of dioxin, a poisonous chemical compound, in fatty acids used to make industrial animal feed.


The Russian agency complained of its “serious concern” that it had not received any information from Germany or the executive European Commission on the situation and said it had sent an official request.


“The European Union still lacks a system to react urgently to cases that could be dangerous for animals and humans,” the watchdog’s spokesman Alexei Alexeyenko told the Interfax news agency.


 

Source: SGGP

Vietnam to import 20,000 tonnes of meat

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Dog meat businesses ordered to halt operation due to spread of cholera

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Due to the wide spread of cholera disease in the capital city of Hanoi, the Department of Health July 10 ordered dog meat businesses to shut down temporarily, in an effort to disinfect the environment.

(File) A dog meat shop in Hanoi

The department has tested samples of raw vegetables, ice water and dog meat from business and dog meat processing centers in Hanoi’s Duong Noi Commune.


Tests confirmed that cholera bacterium was present in such samples. The department decided to halt operation of these establishments in order to spray chemicals.


The commune has 19 slaughterhouses and dog meat processing plants that supply restaurants with imported dog meat from Laos.


In the northern region, the choleric bacterium has been found present in fresh water sources in Bac Ninh and Hai Duong provinces and in Hanoi.


According to the Hanoi Preventive Health Department, of the 150 reported cases of cholera over the past month, over 60 percent of them involved patients that had to be hospitalized due to their consumption of dog meat, raw vegetables and shrimp paste.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam to revamp imported meat inspections

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2010 at 8:47 am

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has issued a new regulation calling for stricter meat import inspections to end Vietnam’s ongoing “dirty meat” saga that began in 2008.


The new MARD decree on required food hygiene, which will take effect July 1, requires exporter countries to register their domestic businesses that can meet hygiene demands with Vietnamese agencies.

(Files) Meat sold at a market in Hanoi

The regulation stipulates that only these enterprises will be able to export meat into Vietnam. Certificates of safety must be enclosed with import consignments, according to the new rule.


MARD said that in the first five months of 2010, frozen meat imports (poultry and meats) increased three-fold over the last months of 2009.  Pork imports alone have reached 500,000 tons, consisting mainly of heads, feet and tails.


However, this year’s outbreaks of the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus, also called “Blue Ear,” has stalled containers of frozen chicken and pigs at ports in the northern city of Hai Phong, the border town of Mong Cai in the north and Ho Chi Minh City. Containers of frozen chickens and pigs are also stuck at Dinh Vu Port in Hai Phong City.


But many businesses have been trying to avoid the stricter inspections by importing large shipments before the regulation takes effect, the department said.


However, MARD also said that all newly imported containers would be placed under scrutiny and that importers would be ordered to re-export food if shipments are found to have skirted hygiene requirements. Warnings would also be sent to exporting countries.


Companies found to have intentionally breached regulations would be shut down, the department said.


At the same time household farmers and food processing firms said they were concerned over the massive meat imports that they say will put pressure on domestic breeding.


Since 2008, tens of tons of unsafe meat have been imported into Vietnam in what the press has deemed “the dirty meat saga”

Source: SGGP

Vinafood keeps meat two years after expiry date

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 5:41 am

Inspections have found Vinafood storing eight tons of expired and possibly rotten pig liver alongside other products for nearly a year after the company was ordered to destroy it, authorities reported April 19.

A market watchdog official in Ho Chi Minh City seizes the pork which fails to pass animal health agency inspections. (Filed photo)

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment in the southern province of Binh Duong said the 594 packages of liver had been discovered at the Song Than Industrial Zone last July when it was already a year past its expiry date.


The department had ordered Vinafood to destroy the liver by March 30, 2010, but the company has so far failed to comply, department deputy director Vo Thi Ngoc Hanh Hanh said.


A Vinafood representative defended the company’s actions by saying that the company would suffer financial losses by destroying the meat.


News that the expired meat was still stored alongside other products being distributed to the market has caused concern and alarm among local consumers.


Hanh said Vinafood had yet to reply to inquiries about its plans to destroy the liver.


 

Source: SGGP

Dog meat, vegetables test positive for cholera

In Vietnam Health on December 23, 2009 at 11:35 am

A recent inspection of northern eateries serving dog meat, vegetables and shrimp paste has revealed alarming unhygienic practices and the presence of cholera bacterium in some foods.









Tran Nhu Duong, deputy head of the Hanoi-based National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, told a seminar December 22 that health inspectors had recently investigated some 30 street eateries selling dog meat in Hanoi.


Twenty-five of the eateries were found operating without a food safety and hygiene certificate; 15 prepared food next to a restroom; 19 used unwashed raw vegetables; and 27 served day-old meat.


More worrying, samples of vegetables, dog meat and shrimp paste taken from restaurants and markets in Hanoi and the northern provinces of Hai Phong, Hai Duong, and Thanh Hoa had tested positive for the Vibrio cholera bacterium, said Duong.


The bacteria, spread through contaminated water or food, causes acute intestinal infection which can lead to death if left untreated.


Although cholera in Vietnam has not been as prevalent this year as in the past, 471 cases have been reported in 15 provinces nationwide with one fatality in the northern province of Ninh Binh, said the Department of Preventive Health and Environment.


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Local meat faces tough competition from imports

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2008 at 10:26 am








Imported meat on sale in Ha Noi. Local meat is having a difficult time against cheaper imports. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet


HCM CITY — Domestic brands of meat are encountering fierce competition from imported meat, which is selling at lower costs, officials said.


During the first half of the year, Viet Nam imported 64,000 tonnes of chicken or 10,000 tonnes monthly, from Brazil, the US and Mexico, Nguyen Thanh Son, deputy head of the Livestock Breeding Department, said.


The figure equals the monthly production of southern provinces, Son said.


Domestic livestock breeders are suffering a loss of VND3,000-5,000 per kilo of chicken and VND1 million (US$63) per pig, Son said.


At big supermarkets in HCM City like Big C and Metro, prices of imported chicken are VND5,000-10,000 lower than that of domestic brands.


However, some importers have tried to get rid of meat near the expiration date by exporting to Viet Nam, according to Bui Quang Anh, head of the Animal Health Department (AHD), adding that Viet Nam does not have official regulations or standards for imported meat.


Consumers should be careful about the quality of this meat, as it is not guaranteed by domestic agencies, said Son.


To reach the target of 6 per cent growth rate in animal husbandry this year, besides staving off epidemics, Son proposed that AHD quickly build up official standards for imported meat to avoid an excessive number of imports and protect domestic livestock breeders.


Standards on preservation time, for example, must be defined and agreements on export conditions with foreign partners must be made, he added.


“For example, if we import wings and legs of chicken, they will have to buy our chicken breasts in return,” he said. —

Local meat faces tough competition from imports

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2008 at 9:38 am

HCM City (VNA) – Domestic brands of meat are encountering fierce competition from imported meat, which is selling at lower costs, officials said.

During the first half of the year, Vietnam imported 64,000 tonnes of chicken or 10,000 tonnes monthly, from Brazil , the US and Mexiso, Nguyen Thanh Son, deputy head of the Livestock Breeding Department, said.
The figure equals the monthly production of southern provinces, Son said.

Domestic livestock breeders are suffering a loss of 3,000-5,000 VND per kg of chicken and 1 million VND (63 USD) per pig, Son said.

At big supermarkets in HCM City like Big C and Metro, pieces of imported chicken are 5,000-10,000 VND lower than that of domestic brands.

However, some importers have tried to get rid of meat near the expiration date by exporting to Vietnam , according to Bui Quang Anh, head of the Animal Health Department (AHD), adding that Vietnam does not have official regulations or standards for imported meat.

Consumers should be careful about the quality of this meat, as it is not guaranteed by domestic agencies, said Son.

To reach the target of 6 percent growth rate in animal husbandry this year, besides staving off epidemics, Son proposed that AHD quickly build up official standards for imported meat to avoid an excessive number of imports and protect domestic livestock breeders.

Standards on preservation time, for example, must be defined and agreements on export conditions with foreign partners must be made, he added.

”For example, if we import wings and legs of chicken, they will have to buy our chicken breasts in return,” he said.-

Vietnam considers importing meat due to shortage

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Vietnam will have to import pork, beef and poultry at the end of this year if the animal breeding and feed processing industry fails to solve its current predicaments soon, Le Ba Lich, chairman of the Vietnam Animal Feed Association has warned.

Lich said many pig farmers, especially in southern provinces, quit the biz when feed prices shot up.

The current price of pig feed is 8,500 VND (0.5 USD) per kilogram. To produce one kilogram of pork 2.6 kilogram of feed are needed costing 22,100 VND (1.3 USD).

Meanwhile, a kg of live pig goes for 32,000-34,000 VND (1.9-2 USD) in the south and 28,000-30,000 VND (1.7-1.8 USD) in the north.

With capital used to buy breeding animals and animal feed coming from loans with 20 percent interest, breeders cannot afford to continue their line of work, Lich said.

On top of farmers moving on, blue ear disease and bird flu also contributed to the current meat shortage.

Pork accounts for 80 percent of the country’s meat consumption, chicken 11-12 percent, and beef 3-4 percent.

Local meat consumption is especially high during the Christmas, New Year’s, and Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays, according to Lich.

To avoid meat shortages and encourage pig farming, Lich said, the association plans to invest in production and imports of raw materials for producing animal feed.

The association asked the Ministry of Finance to eliminate the value added tax (VAT) for raw produce, banks to decrease interest rates and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to reorganise distribution systems.-