Pig breeders in central provinces ignoring ban
Although Quang Nam province in Vietname has banned the slaughter and
sale of pigs, local people are still selling their pigs infected with PRRS
Many pig breeders want to sell as many of them as possible
now that the epidemic had spread in the area. On many roads, pig sellers
have been racing their motorbikes to transport pigs from diseased quarters to
scattered slaughterhouses. The pork was still being sold freely in many markets
in the Da Nang city area.
A pork seller at Hoi An market said, "Nobody
has ever said anything about the pork sale ban. My pork is from identifiable
sources, clean and disease-free and every piece has quality inspection stamps."
Prevent from spreading
According to Chairman of the Hoi
An commune People's Committee Le Van Giang, the disease has spread to only a few
small areas in the commmune and local authorities are doing all that they can to
prevent it from spreading wider such as inspecting pigs before sending them to
slaughterhouses or markets.
In markets where cooked pork is still being
sold, however, customers have no way of knowing whether these pigs have been
inspected or not. Another alarming phenomenon is occuring in Thang Binh
district, the key blue-ear area of Quang Nam: some people have been digging up
dead pigs for their bones and meat to sell to restaurants.
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