Vietnam doubles down on salbutamol in meat

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Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health (DAH) is doubling down on monitoring salbutamol use in pig and cattle production to address food safety. Last week, the DAH received 5000 test kits from CP Vietnam and will allocate them to local governments. Salbutamol has been banned from livestock use since 2002, but some producers still use it to enhance the lean meat percentage in animals. DAH Director Nguyen Van Long said the agency also tightened control measures against banned substances in imported cattle and slaughterhouses.