Photo of the DayAugust 7, 2014 by Angela Vincent
In Tanzania a father shows me his new chickens but he’s concerned as he likely will not have access to the much-needed vaccine for his chickens.
THE government has suspended production and distribution of a Newcastle disease vaccine produced by a local institute after a fake variety of the vaccine flooded the market.
The Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency (TVLA) announced in a statement that it had suspended production and supply of Thermotolerant Newcastle Disease Vaccine Strain 1-2 that is produced by the Tanzania Vaccine Institute at Kibaha in Coast Region.
The TVLA which is an executive agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives said it had also suspended production and supply of all vaccines produced by the Kibaha institute.
It said the Tanzania Vaccine Institute at Kibaha has also been closed until changes suggested by the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) were implemented.
The TVLA move follows a discovery by the Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA) of fake vaccine flooding the market after an investigation.
The TFDA said earlier in a statement that the fake Thermotolerant Newcastle Disease Vaccine was being manufactured at TVI facilities in Kibaha, Coast Region by dishonest workers.
The TVI manufactures various vaccines including TNDV strain 1-2 for the Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency (TVLA).
The TFDA said it conducted inspections and investigations from July to September, this year in Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Mbeya and Morogoro, involving experts from TFDA, the police force and the Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries through TVLA.
It said the TNDV Strain 1-2 has been in the market for a long time and being manufactured by the Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL), which was later placed as a government agent under TVLA.
(Photo Micah Albert)