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Tainted Pig Feed Ingredients Seized in Viet Nam

17 April 2012

VIET NAM - Viet Nam’s environment police have seized 12 tons of contaminated Chinese-origin materials for pig feed from a Ho Chi Minh City firm on suspicion of banned steroids content.

Thanh Nien News reports that ONI company was using the materials to make various products, one of which had been found to contain salbutamol, a banned growth agent which causes increased heart rate, indigestion, and other conditions in humans.

Company records show it has delivered its products to many provinces this year, including Binh Dinh, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, and Long An.

Inspection of pig-feed producers in southern Viet Nam has been beefed up after Thanh Nien in late February exposed the use of the agents in Dong Nai Province, a major pig and pork supplier in the south.

The substance, popular with body builders, has also been detected in some places in the north, but not as widely as in the south, which has been facing a pork scare since last month.

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