Thanh Hoa rife with illegal slaughterhouses

VietNamNet Bridge – Thousands of slaughterhouses in the central province of Thanh Hoa are operating without licences and failing to meet hygiene and food safety requirements, the province’s Animal Health Division has announced. Thousands of slaughterhouses in the central province of Thanh Hoa are operating without licences and failing to meet hygiene and food safety requirements, the province’s Animal Health Division has announced. — Photo dantri.com.vn According to the division, more than 80 per cent of the province’s 2,473 slaughterhouses are substandard, failing to meet hygiene and food safety requirement and lacking waste collection and treatment systems. The substandard slaughterhouses, mostly in households, process more than 90 per cent of cattle and poultry in the province. Deputy head of the Animal Health Division Le Van Son said that in 2013, there were over 2,800 small-sized slaughterhouses in the province. Most of them were unlicensed. In September 2013, the province People’s Committee approved a plan worth VND974 billion (US$42.84 million) to develop 100 industrial slaughterhouses in the province by 2020 to replace the substandard ones. However, in the last four years, only 400 substandard facilities were removed. Meanwhile, eight industrial slaughterhouses have been completed since 2003, when the province called on investors to develop slaughterhouse projects. However, half of the industrial slaughterhouses halted operation, and the remaining ones lack clients. Vu Tien Ngan, an owner of an industrial slaughterhouse in Sam Son City, said that in 2003, he spent VND1.1 billion ($48,400) to build a 2,000sq.m slaughterhouse which can deal with…... [read more]

All substandard private slaughterhouses will be closed across Ho Chi Minh City by the end of next year as part of local planning for 2016-2020 that was recently approved by the municipal People’s Committee. These outdated facilities, where the slaughter is often conducted on dirty floors and waste water is discharged directly into rivers, causing pollution to the environment, will be replaced with industrial ones to ensure food hygiene standards. The two largest private slaughterhouses – Nam Phong in Binh Thanh district and Hiep Binh Chanh in Thu Duc district, which supply thousands of pigs to the local market everyday, are scheduled to be closed down on June 30. Cattle and poultry from Nam Phong and Hiep Binh Chanh will be moved to the Binh Tan industrial abattoir in Binh Tan district, which is a plant belonging to Vissan Co. Ltd, for slaughter. By the end of 2017, all pigs will be slaughtered at six industrial slaughterhouses in Hoc Mon and Cu Chi districts with a capacity of between 10,000 and 15,000 head per day. Two poultry slaughterhouses capable of handling between 250,000 and 300,000 head per day will also be put into operation next year. The southern hub has a population of more than ten million and a large number of visitors, who consume approximately 615,000 tonnes of meat per year. By the end of 2015, the city had 21 substandard private slaughterhouses, processing about 7,555 pigs, 82,000 chickens and 25 cows and buffalo per night. Between 2011 and…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi People's Committee Deputy Chairman Tran Xuan Viet has asked the municipal department of agriculture and rural development to tighten food safety and hygiene control in the city's slaughterhouses. The city authorities have, so far, succeeded in controlling hygiene at just 44 per cent of the livestock and poultry slaughterhouses in the city, Viet said at a seminar in Ha Noi on the issue on Wednesday. He said the city had six industrial slaughterhouses, and 2,500 small non-mechanised slaughterhouses that were under the local authorities' control. The chaotic situation has caused serious problems related to food hygiene and safety. The People's Committee has asked the department to gradually suspend the operation of small slaughterhouses that do not meet food safety and hygiene requirements, tighten control over veterinary and environmental hygiene and food safety in small slaughterhouses, and to strictly deal with violations as per the law. The slaughter of animals should be prohibited inside the city and in places with a large population. The local authorities are responsible for publicising legal regulations among the people, and for encouraging traders and consumers to use the meat provided by slaughterhouses that are under the control of specialised veterinary authorities. Ha Noi has the largest number of cattle and poultry in the country, amounting to 1.3 million pigs, 23.2 million poultry and 170,000 buffaloes and cows. VNS... [read more]

Only one-third of the 35,000 small slaughterhouses in the country are under local authorities' control, it was reported at a recent seminar. The chaotic situation has caused serious problems related to food hygiene and safety, speakers said at the two-day event in HCM City in mid-May on livestock and poultry transport and slaughter. "State management of livestock and poultry transport and slaughterhouses cannot meet demand," Pham Van Dong, head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Veterinary Department, said in the opening speech of the seminar. All 63 provinces have set up industrial slaughterhouses and 53 of a total of 63 provinces have received approval for their master plan for industrial slaughterhouses. But small non-mechanised slaughterhouses continue to be set up because of the demands of the market. "Slaughterhouse owners do not have the correct awareness about veterinary hygiene and food safety as well as social responsibility. They only work for profit and refuse to bring livestock and poultry into industrial slaughterhouses," Huynh Thi Thanh Binh, deputy head of the department's Community Veterinary Division, said. She said that only 29,000 veterinary staff are employed in the country. "There is not enough staff to manage small non-mechanised slaughterhouses. In addition, fees for slaughterhouse inspections are too low, and as a result, are not enough to pay salary for staff," she added. Binh suggested that a temporary regulation on managing veterinary hygiene for small slaughterhouses should be created. In 2014, six provincial veterinary sub-departments handed out fines to violators involved in…... [read more]

Only one-third of the 35,000 small slaughterhouses in the country are under local authorities' control, a seminar heard yesterday. The chaotic situation has caused serious problems related to food hygiene and safety, speakers said at a two-day seminar in HCM City on livestock and poultry transport and slaughter, which ended yesterday. "State management of livestock and poultry transport and slaughterhouses cannot meet demand," Pham Van Dong, head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Veterinary Department, said during the opening speech of the seminar. All 63 provinces have set up industrial slaughterhouses and 53 of a total of 63 provinces have received approval for their master plan for industrial slaughterhouses. But small non-mechanised slaughterhouses continue to be set up because of the current economic situation and the demands of the market. And nearly 60 per cent of provincial Veterinary Sub-Departments still ask for such slaughterhouses. "Slaughterhouse owners do not have the correct awareness about veterinary hygiene and food safety as well as social responsibility. They only work for profit and refuse to bring livestock and poultry into industrial slaughterhouses," Huynh Thi Thanh Binh, deputy head of the department's Community Veterinary Division, said. She said that only 29,000 veterinary staff were employed in the country. "There is also not enough staff to manage small non-mechanised slaughterhouses. In addition, fees for slaughterhouse inspections are too low, and as a result, are not enough to pay salary for staff," she added. Binh suggested that a temporary regulation on managing veterinary hygiene for…... [read more]

GOVERNMENT ________ No. 01/NQ-CP SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM Independence - Freedom - Happiness Ha Noi, January 07, 2013 RESOLUTION On major solutions guiding and directing the realization of the Plan for socio-economic development and state budget estimate in 2013 _____________ In 2012, the economy faced a number of difficulties and challenges during the period when the world economy experienced complicated and unpredictable changes. However, thanks to the leadership of the Party, the drastic direction of the Government, great efforts of sectors, business community and people at all echelons, our national economy continued to progress and gained significant results in curbing inflation, maintaining macro-economic stability and social security: inflation rate was kept at 6.81%; export continued to grow up, contributing to better import-export balance; monetary, credit and financial balances were maintained; foreign exchange market and exchange rate were stabilized; foreign reserve increased. Agriculture continued to develop; tourism and service sectors saw fairly high growth. Social security policies received due attention and people's life was improved. Political security and social safety were guaranteed; national defense and security strengths were enhanced; diplomatic work continued to bring about positive results. However, inflation pressure and macro-economic instability were rather big; the monetary market was not really stable, the lending interest rate, though going down, was still high, bad debts tended to increase; production and business were difficult, especially in accessing to credit sources, and inventories were big; the real estate market was frozen; the stock market sharply dropped. People's life, especially the poor, low-income…... [read more]

More breeding farms are being set up, and they are increasingly using high technology. Photo: baobinhdinh Speaking at an recent conference in HCM City, Nguyen Xuan Duong, deputy director of the Animal Husbandry Department, said more than 23,558 breeding farms exist nationwide, up 13.2 percent over last year. Most of them are located in the Red River Delta, the southeastern region, or the Mekong River Delta. Duong said the animal husbandry industry, especially the animal feed processing sector, is integrating quickly with its international counterparts worldwide. At the conference, which was held to review performance for the first three quarters, Duong said that the number of small-scale farms has dropped, but industrial farms, which provide higher productivity and quality, have increased. Despite high input costs and animal diseases, the industry still maintains a high growth rate, with an increase of 16.8 percent of poultry output, nearly three percent of pork, and 19 percent of eggs, meeting domestic demand. However, production in different regions is unequal, causing partial shortages and price differences in several localities. The sustainable development of the industry is still threatened by small-scale scattered farms, volatility in animal-feed prices and a high risk of disease. In addition, most industrial farms have been developed without a zoning plan. That is partly due to inadequate investment in the sector by the Government, and a lack of policies to support small-scale farmers in their bid to enter the market economy, he said. Other reasons include the poor management by State agencies…... [read more]

by To Nhu As news about the soaring consumer price index and high inflation in Viet Nam hits newspaper headlines almost on a daily basis, stressing out housewives throughout the country, most Hanoians are still willing to spend more on cleaner food. Dinh Tu Cau, who resides on Tran Duy Hung Street, decided she had seen enough slaughtered pigs as "pillion passengers" on motorbikes and even dragged along the street without any protection. "What I want now is an accessible source of meat produced hygienically under strict quarantine conditions, even if it costs me more," she said. But spending money in this way is ironically not as easy as people may assume. "It actually requires a lot of effort to find clean meat in Ha Noi," said Cau. It's impossible to buy hygienically slaughtered meat in markets, which is the most popular place to shop for food. It can only be found at a small number of supermarkets or food chains scattered around town. End-users are not the only ones in search of clean food. Retailers are also hungry for a better source of meat to meet their customers' growing demands. "We want more clean food to sell but it's just difficult to get," said Pham Thi Thoa, a poultry retailer at Nghia Tan Market. Ha Noi's five qualified slaughtering centres can currently only meet about 1 per cent of demand for pork and about 7 per cent for poultry. In fact, the capital city, where some 600 tonnes of…... [read more]

Hanoi is determined to stamp out traditional and privately owned inner-city slaughterhouses that fail to meet hygiene and food safety standards before October. Thinh Liet slaughterhouses, where about 1,300 pigs are slaughtered and transported to markets each day, about 30 per cent of the city's pork, would be the first to be closed down. The municipal People's Committee vice chairman Nguyen Huy Tuong made the statement after surprise inspections of four of Hanoi's largest, traditional slaughterhouses on Saturday. Only one slaughterhouse met the country's hygiene requirements. The remaining slaughterhouses were operating without licences and were discharging untreated waste. Their products also lacked quarantine seals and were improperly transported to urban markets. Tuong said the inspectors had warned and fined slaughterhouses several times in the past, but the situation and standards had not improved. Inspectors had supplied the slaughterhouses with dozens of casks to improve the hygienic transportation of the meat, but the owners refused to implement the technology into the facility's operations. This polluted the environment and annoyed local residents for a long time. The owners said they didn't want to use the casks as it ruined the pork and wasted their time and effort. Tuong said the casks had been carefully tested and were used widely in Ho Chi Minh City. The inspectors would continue their inspections in the upcoming days and would submit recommendations to close slaughterhouses that did not meet the required standards. The municipal Market Watch director Nguyen Thi Nhu Mai said the city was focusing…... [read more]

The construction of five large-scale industrial slaughterhouses with modern technology and ensured sanitation will be inaugurated in Hanoi. The vice chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee has issued a plan to build up some concentrated slaughterhouses by 2010. The city's demand for poultry and meat will be satisfied to 60% by 2010 and 100% by 2015. At the beginning of this year, the vice chairman asked for the beginning of the construction of the first five concentrated slaughterhouses with modern technology and good waste treatment to ensure environmental hygiene. The construction is expected to begin in the suburban districts of Dong Anh, Tu Liem, Thanh Tri and Gia Lam. Once construction iscompleted, thousands of poultry and cattle will be slaughtered and processed daily. One slaughterhouse will be put into use in 2007. The others will be operational in 2008. The vice chairman has asked for a re-arrangement of poultry and animal markets for the convenience of customers and the ensuring of food safety and hygiene. The supply and consumption of products in slaughterhouses will be attached to the food consumption network of the city. BTA (Source: Vietnamnet)... [read more]




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