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Feed safety campaign launched in China

The Ministry of Agriculture in China said that the campaign on feed quality and safety will focus on strengthening standardised management of producers, and highlighting the monitoring on raw materials and the illegal use of additives in animal husbandry.

Additionally, the threshold of market access will be further lifted up through efforts to promote good practices, foster law enforcement and crack down on the use of banned chemicals. MOA will also work hard to improve the competence of professionals in this field, improve law enforcement and enhance the quality and safety of livestock products.

In 2009, the influence of the melamine incident, the impact of the international financial crisis and the challenge to stabilize animal husbandry production led administrative departments on feed at all levels to carry out the special campaign on feed quality and safety, enhancing daily administration and handling emergencies. As a result, feed quality and the safety of animal husbandry production were greatly improved.

Qualification rate of feed products stood at 90.9%, up by 2.3% year-on-year, and 99.3% for specific tests on melamine, up by 3.3% year-on-year. The detected rate of clenbuterol hydrochloride in feed has been 0 for five consecutive years, and less than 0.05% in animal raising sector. The output of feed in 2009 broke a new record to over 140 mln tonnes.

At the opening ceremony of the special campaign, Wang Zongli, Deputy DG of MOA Department of Animal Husbandry stressed that in this year’s campaign, administrative departments at all levels should lay emphasis on both short-term effects and long-term working mechanisms, to improve accountability, innovation, market access, supply capacity and development planning.

Natalie Berkhout

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