Vietnam's agriculture ministry has ordered agencies to strictly handle 108 tons of decomposed chicken legs that were exported from India into the northern city of Hai Phong, Dat Viet reported on Thursday.
According to the newspaper, the ministry's Department of Animal Health on November 9 found two batches of chicken legs, imported by Quang Ninh Seafood Processing Co. Ltd., to be processed in Vietnam before being exported to China.
However, an unnamed source from the Animal Health Agency Area II said in Dat Viet that the batches were already taken out of Hai Phong Port before November 14 without its approval.
The department has asked Vietnam Customs to help it identify whether the batches have been moved or not, and to take necessary measures to prevent the chicken legs from being sold, the newswire said.
Dat Viet said following the exposure, the Animal Health Department ordered measures to tighten food safety and hygiene checks on frozen animal products imported into Vietnam.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Cao Duc Phat has asked the ministry's department managing the quality of agriculture, forestry and sea products to draft regulations and criteria on unprocessed cattle and poultry products brought into Vietnam, the newswire added.