Over 60 million Vietnamese have parasitic worms

Source of Article:  http://english.vietnamnet.vn/social/2009/06/852519/

17:15' 11/06/2009 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – A government report on food hygiene and safety said that many vegetables and fruits contain pesticides and chemicals, meats and meat products contain bacteria and over 60 million Vietnamese people have parasitic worms in their bodies.

 

Random tests of fruits and vegetables in Hanoi and Vinh Phuc province in the north, Tien Giang province and HCM City in the south in April 2008 revealed 20 of 154 vegetable samples and three of 60 fruit samples containing pesticides in excess of the permitted level.

 

72 out of 76 vegetable samples were infected with coliform bacterium, 40 E.coli bacterium and six salmonella, all exceeding the permitted thresholds.

 

Notably, nitrate residue was detected in 100 percent of vegetable samples, though the content didn’t exceed the permitted level. 100 percent of tested samples had bronze residue, two traces of lead and three arsenic.

 

For meat and meat products, tests conducted in Hanoi showed that of 72 pork samples, three were infected with salmonella and four with S.aureus. In addition, six of 69 chicken samples had salmonella and 41 S.aureus. Experts said that the meat was infected with bacterium due to poor slaughtering, transporting and trade conditions.

 

Traces of chemicals in meat and fresh food, including seafood, are being found in increased frequency, with 6.39 percent of tested samples in 2007-2008 containing chemical residues.

 

The Health Ministry’s report also said that of 116 cases of death by food poisoning in 2007-2008, 87.1 percent ate food at home and 5.1 percent at collective kitchens, wedding parties, funerals, and street food.

 

Regarding imported food, relevant agencies said that Vietnam can supervise only legally-imported products at big warehouses in the centres of cities and provinces.

 

According to a report of the Health Ministry, Vietnam had nearly 6.1 million people suffering from five food-transmitted diseases – cholera, bacillary dysentery, amoebic dysentery, diarrhea and typhoid – with 115 deaths from 2000-2006. More than 60 million people carry parasitic worms in their bodies.

 

Big liver fluke (fasciola) is present in 18 provinces and cities in Vietnam. In some provinces, up to 37 percent of people are infected with this disease, such as Nam Dinh province in the north and Phu Yen province in the central region.

 

Small liver fluke is reported in 24 provinces and cities, including seven northern mountainous provinces of Lai Chau, Son La, Hoa Binh, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang and Lang Son.

 

Giant intestinal fluke (Fasciolopsis buski) is recorded in 11 provinces, with around 4000 infected people.

 

VietNamNet/TP

 

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