Consumer health at risk
The veterinary authority of HCMC has sounded the alarm over the rampant use of forbidden growth stimulants by farm owners to make pigs grow fast and lean to earn higher profit regardless of their side effects on consumers’ health. After its inspections at eight pig slaughterhouses in the city since the middle of this year, the agency has revealed startling facts about the meat that people eat in their daily meals. It said 31 out of 222 urine samples of pigs tested positive for banned substances including beta-agonist medicine, and pigs in Dong Nai Province were found to contain more substances harmful to consumers than other provinces. In addition to Dong Nai, the pigs are transported to the city from Tien Giang, Long An, Ben Tre, Binh Phuoc, Binh Thuan and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces. Khuong Tran Phuc Nguyen, head of the veterinary inspection division under the HCMC Veterinary Department, was quoted by Tuoi Tre newspaper as saying that inspections had revealed higher residues of prohibited substances in products of pigs farmed in more localities as the banned substance residue levels in the domestic animal averaged 227 parts per billion but has soared to an alarming level of 526 ppb this year.
The residue level in pigs in Dong Nai is up to 1,391 ppb, followed by Long An with 969 ppb and Tien Giang with 547 ppb. Despite more inspections, it is still easy to buy banned substances for boosting pig weight in Dong Nai and other localities as reported by local media in recent days. The main reason is that violators have not been punished heavily and total administrative fines of a slight VND87 million suggested for seven violators in HCMC are a case in point. Pham Minh Dao, director of the Dong Nai Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, has proposed criminal charges for violators as a bold measure to crack down on the rampant sale and use of such lean pork making substances harmful to consumers. Experts have suggested agencies publicize the names of those farms found to feed their pigs with banned substances to supply pig wholesalers and consumers to boycott their products.
In Vietnam, many people eat pork dishes every day, so their health is being threatened by the harmful products of pigs produced by those caring about profit more than human health unless authorities take tough punitive measures against them.
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In New Theory, Swine Flu Started in Asia, Not Mexico
The first person to carry the flu to North America from Asia, assuming that is what happened, has never been found and never will be, because people stop carrying the virus when they get better. The highly unusual virus – which includes genetic bits of North American human, avian and swine flus and Eurasian swine flu – has not been detected in any pigs except those in a single herd in Canada that was found infected in late April. The whole herd was culled, and the virus has not been found elsewhere in Canada, as it would have been if it were endemic, since American and Canadian laboratories test thousands of flu samples to help the pork industry develop vaccines. A sample taken from a pig in Hong Kong in 2004 was recently found to have a virus nearly matching the new flu. Scientists tracking the virus’s lineage have complained that there is far too little global surveillance of flu in swine.
Public databases have 10 times as many human and avian flu sequences as they do porcine ones, said Dr. Michael W. Shaw, a scientist in the flu division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and there are far fewer pig flu sequences from Asia than from North America and Europe, and virtually none from South America or Africa. The new virus was first isolated in late April by American and Canadian laboratories from samples taken from people with flu in Mexico, Southern California and Texas. In May, the Mexican government said it had tested pigs on the Veracruz farms and found them free of the virus.
Since the human outbreak in Veracruz is believed to have started in February, many veterinary experts said testing pig snouts for live virus in April proved nothing. A pig that had the new H1N1 flu would come up positive on an antibody test. So would a pig that had the regular H1N1 swine flu that has circulated since 1930, or even a pig that had been vaccinated against the earlier H1N1 flu – and all the Smithfield pigs routinely get flu shots. The company said vaccinated pigs could be distinguished from previously ill pigs because illness produced more antibodies.