Ministry of Agriculture stops US dried grains import

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 15:30

Distillers' dried grains soluble in a warehouse, used mainly for cattle feeds. The decision by the MARD to stop importing said feed is due to storage pests — Photo
HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh signed a decision
on October 17 to stop all imports of distillers' dried grains from the United States and peanuts from Sudan and Hong Kong.

The decision to stop importing US distillers' dried grains with soluble is due to grains' contamination with the Warehouse Beetle Togoderma variable, while peanuts from Sudan and Hong Kong are contaminated with the khapra beetle Trogoderma granarium Everts and the seed beetle Caryedon serratus. This was revealed after they were subjected to Vietnamese phytosanitary inspection.

This decision will come into effect 60 days from the signing.

Additionally, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) asked the Plant Protection Department to tighten inspection of US grains and peanut containers from Sudan and Hong Kong until the decision comes into effect.

In an official statement, MARD asked concerned authorities in the respective countries to find a comprehensive solution to the issue.

This is not the first time Viet Nam has made a decision to stop importing grains used for cattle feed due to worries over competition with domestic products. Previously, Viet Nam stopped importing corn soy beans and peanuts from India and Senegal due to contamination with several harmful pests. — VNS

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