LookAtVietnam – The Veterinary Agency’s office in HCM City has stopped a number of shipments of American chicken on suspicion that it’s been refused entry to other countries.
Local newspaper Saigon Tiep Thi has done some research on this phenomenon. It reported that on October 13, the ‘Tho Trade and Production Company’ filed a customs declaration at Cat Lai Port (HCMC) for 24.5 tonnes of frozen chicken legs which it imported from an American company, ‘SellAries.’
When the Veterinary Agency Zone 6 office was taking samples for food hygiene testing, it discovered a sub-label which said that the consignment was for export to
The importer then forwarded to the Veterinary Agency an explanation by the large
The Veterinary Agency is unpersuaded. An official there speculated that after the shipment was rejected in
This is not the first such case, says
The Director of Veterinary Zone 6, Nguyen Xuan Binh, said that his agency is determined to stop such traffic. “It is against regulations to carry products to
Binh did not specify which regulation was violated. The US Embassy says that American meat exporters are required to strictly follow the rules each nation establishes; these are collected and published on line for exporters’ guidance.
“We would like to know specifically which rule or regulation caused the Veterinary Agency to refuse to test and clear the shipments,”
Saigon Tiep Thi learned that it’s still possible for consignments of frozen meat with no clear manufacturing and expiry dates to get cleared into
Some months ago, Metro Vietnam signed a contract with an
However, one week later, when someone from another company contacted Metro to buy back the chicken consignment, he was told that ‘necessary documents had been obtained’ and that the imported meat had been cleared through the port. It is still unclear, the newspaper says, how the consignment was able to obtain quarantine certificate and enter the domestic market.