Beetle-infested animal feed from India to be sent back

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Nearly 45,900 tons of animal feed contaminated with a species of destructive beetle will be re-exported to India, according to a report by the agriculture ministry Tuesday.

 

The feed, including soy meal and corn, was found infected with the khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said in the report.

 

The feed was bought from India in January, the Tuoi Tre reported.

 

Previously the Indian Embassy in Vietnam had suggested using sterilization measures, but Vietnamese agencies said they were all risky.

 

Native to India, the beetle is said to be one of the world's most destructive pests of grain products and seeds, and among the worst invasive species.

 

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