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HCM City: Bad quality chicken imported for sales
  • | Dan Viet, dtinews | October 05, 2012 08:05 AM
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A number of businesses in HCM City have imported bad quality chicken from South Korea to sell to supermarkets and restaurants.

 

South Korean-imported chicken sold at BigC Supermarket on October 3

The chicken is usually used for animal feed processing, so lacks any nutritional value. However, in some markets and supermarkets in the city, this product is sold at high prices compared to domestic chicken.

A staff member at a supermarket on Hoang Van Thu Street, Tan Binh District, said her supermarket deliberately up-sold South Korean chicken.

Coming to another nearby counter the seller said, “All the fried chicken here is from South Korea.”

A South Korea fried chicken is sold at VND61,900 (USD2.9) at supermarkets while the usual price for a boiled domestic chicken is VND74,000. Most of the chicken sold in the city does not have any clear point of origin.

This kind of chicken is also massively sold at local markets like Pham Van Hai in Tan Binh District and Ba Chieu in Binh Thanh District.

Chicken imports to be controlled

In reality, for years, Vietnam has imported bad-quality foreign food products such as pig viscera and chicken necks, legs and wings and recently South Korean-imported chicken. These products are often used for animal feed processing in abroad.

Bad-quality chicken has been imported into Vietnam as local people prefer tougher chicken than industrially raised domestically produced varieties.

Nguyen Thanh Son, Deputy Head of the Husbandry Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said bad-quality chicken has been imported from South Korea legally.

He added that, South Korean chicken has come to Vietnam since late August; however, no specific statistics had been released to date.

According to the department, illegally-imported chicken and bad-quality poultry pose a threat to the domestic husbandry industry. Breeders lose from VND5,000-7,000 per kilo. This has discouraged them, and would lead to food shortage for Tet.

Diep Kinh Tan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said “Companies massively imported meat and viscera, however, after technical requirements were set for protein content and nutrition, these imports sharply declined.”

He said that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development would instruct agencies to draft technical standards for imported chicken and also control imports from South Korea.

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