August 17, 2012
Vietnam to adjust raw meat sale regulations
The newly-issued circular regulating raw meat sale in the domestic market will be adjusted by Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, making it more reliable for implementation.
The ministry's Animal Health Department is assigned to cooperate with other agencies in adjusting the circular and submit to the ministry for issuance, the newspaper said.
The circular, which was scheduled to be effective from September 3, requests raw meat preserved at room temperature to be only allowed to be sold within eight hours of the time of slaughtering. In case the meat is preserved at 0oC-5oC, the time limit is 72 hours.
It also said animal by-products such as pig's tripe and stomach should be sold within 24 hours after slaughtering, and no preservative chemicals are allowed to be used on fresh meat.
However, it seems that the requirements of the circular are impractical since no state agency could check its implementation and in reality, meat is sold at much longer time.
In Vietnam, it is common for pig and poultry products to be sold on street stands. In some areas they are sold from early morning to late in the afternoon, with almost no adequate preservation methods used.