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Capital Clamps down on Slaughterhouses

by 5m Editor
5 January 2009, at 5:16am

VIET NAM - Hanoi has tightened controls on slaughtering of poultry, pigs and cattle in the run-up to Tet.

The Hanoi City Veterinary Department has taken comprehensive measures to inspect the slaughtering and transport of poultry and cattle in order to ensure food hygiene and safety during the upcoming lunar New Year Festival (Tet).

Inspection work will be intensified in all parts of the capital city, particularly in wholesale markets and slaughter houses.

The Department has promoted the dissemination of information about food hygiene and safety regulations and implemented disinfection work at markets and transport centres, such as Ha Vi in Thuong Tin, Guot in Phu Xuyen, Minh Khai in Tu Liem and Ba La in Ha Dong.

Hanoi now has more than 260,000 head of buffalo and oxen, 1.6 million pigs and over 14 million poultry, capable of providing 70-80 percent of the city's demand for food during Tet. The city has 41 slaughterhouses and more than 41 shops and supermarkets selling high quality meat.