Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Lê Quốc Doanh signed a decision recently to stop all imports of distillers’ dried grains from the United States and peanuts from Sudan and Hong Kong.
The decision to stop importing US distillers’ dried grains with soluble is due to grains’ contamination with the Warehouse Beetle Togoderma variable, while peanuts from Sudan and Hong Kong are contaminated with the khapra beetle Trogoderma granarium Everts and the seed beetle Caryedon serratus. This was revealed after they were subjected to Vietnamese phytosanitary inspection.
Additionally, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) asked the Plant Protection Department to tighten inspection of US grains and peanut containers from Sudan and Hong Kong until the decision comes into effect.
In an official statement, MARD asked concerned authorities in the respective countries to find a comprehensive solution to the issue.
This is not the first time Việt Nam has made a decision to stop importing grains used for cattle feed due to worries over the competition with domestic products. Previously, Việt Nam stopped importing corn soy beans and peanuts from India and Senegal due to contamination with several harmful pests.