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China concerned Vietnam pork is not free of drugs

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Staff Writer | June 29, 2017
It’s all about the safety of pork exports, said Hoang Thanh Van of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
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Mr Van, who heads up the MARD Department of Breeding, said China has concerns that shipments of pork from Vietnam may be tainted and not be free of drugs such as ractopamine.

Ractopamine is a feed additive that promote leanness in pigs raised for their meat that is commonly used by farmers. Chinese officials are also concerned the program in Vietnam that certifies pork sent to China is free of ractopamine or other banned substances is not up to standard.

Chinese authorities banned the use of ractopamine in livestock in 2002, Mr Van noted. They say meat raised with the drug can cause nausea and diarrhoea in people and be life-threatening to sufferers of heart disease.

The Chinese inspection authority AQSIQ has now notified MARD that it will need to inspect and certify that the Vietnam swine industry meets with the provisions of Chinese Food Safety Law.

Most importantly, the Chinese inspectors will look to see that the Vietnamese industry has systems in place to track pork products from their origin through to its consumption and ensure the proper protocols are in place.