Slaughterhouses need to clean up act

VIETNAM - Vietnam must reform its poultry slaughtering system and change breeding practices to meet export standards, speakers at a seminar said on Friday.

Provincial leaders, businesses, scientists and experts from the Netherlands, Thailand, India and Vietnam discussed the country's poultry husbandry and slaughtering procedures as well as the restructuring of the poultry sector until 2010.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) reported that the country's poultry output was still lower than other regional countries with similar food sources and weather conditions.

Most poultry in Vietnam is slaughtered manually and 64% of the slaughterhouses are located in residential areas, MARD said.

According to the report, poultry slaughtering is limited to small households who let poultry wander around, which can expose them more easily to diseases.

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