(Xinhua) -- Namibia’s biggest meat
producer, Meatco, has said it is likely to lose about 800
million Namibian dollars (60 million U.S. dollars) because of
the closure of a feedlot where zeranol was found.
Zeranol is an anabolic growth-promoting drugs in meat
production, and is by far the most potent hormones found in the
The Department of Veterinary Services detected zeranol in
urine samples taken from cattle at Okapuka feedlot, just about
30 kilometers north of Windhoek on Sept. 2.
Since this was the second detection of zeranol within the
past 12 months at the same feedlot, the veterinary services
closed it indefinitely.
In a statement seen by Xinhua Friday, Meatco said the closure
of the feedlot will cost the company anything between 700-800
million Namibian dollars (about 52-60 million U.S dollars) per
year as well as about 300 jobs.
The feedlot was supposed to slaughter more than 30, 000
cattle during the 2016/17 financial year but, according to
Meatco, this target has already been decreased by 7,000 animals
because of the closure.
Meatco also said they spent 50 million Namibian dollars (3.6
million U.S dollars) on Okapuka feedlot where 9,500 cattle, 70
percent of which were for export to the European Union, were
Namibia declares mussels
and shellfish unfit for consumption
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Namibia’s fisheries and marine
resources ministry shut down all outlets that sell mussels and
oysters harvested from the Walvis Bay and Swakopmund areas
Walvis Bay and Swakopmund are about 350 kilometers from
Windhoek and this is where Namibia’s main fishing industries are
In a statement, the fisheries ministry said tests carried out
recently by the Namibia Standard Institute showed that the
mussels and oysters from these areas carry the diarrhetic
Although the ministry did not say when exactly the tests were
done, the statement advised the general public not to buy or eat
mussels and oysters until further notice.
It said that the discovery was made during routine testing
done as part of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program on
Mussels and Oysters from the area.
Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning produces gastrointestinal
symptoms, usually beginning within 30 minutes to a few hours
after consumption of toxic shellfish.
Although not fatal, the illness is characterized by diarrhea,
nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
"The Ministry will, therefore, shut down the sales of these
products until the further notice and therefore appeal for
cooperation to all our stakeholders," the statement said.
In the event that some people consume affected mussels and
oysters, the statement further said, they should seek immediate
This is the second time this year the fisheries ministry has
warned people against consuming mussels and shellfish from the
In June, the ministry also warned about poisonous mussels and
shellfish, saying that they had been poisoned by algae.