Vietnam's PM orders probe into toxic breeding steroids

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered Dong Nai Province to work with health experts to investigate the use of toxic chemicals in breeding after the use of a harmful steroid was found to be common in the southern province.

A Thanh Nien investigation published late last month found many pig farmers in Dong Nai, a major supplier of pigs and pork to Ho Chi Minh City, fed their animals with β-agonist growth-promoting agent.

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Eating pork containing the chemical will increase the heart rate and blood pressure, causing digestive disorders and various other diseases, according to experts.

Dung asked the Dong Nai government to join with the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to check the use of the chemical in the province and take appropriate measures to stop it by the end of this month.

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