WINDHOEK: All samples of imported Veekos products to Namibia tested negative for any growth promoters, the South African animal feed’s manufacturer said.
Veekos, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Feedmaster in Windhoek, produces a wide range of animal feed products for both the South African and Namibian markets, and is located in Upington, South Africa (SA).
In a media statement issued on Friday, Feedmaster said it deplores the unfortunate event, which had no intention to harm the Namibian meat industry, and will do every effort to restore its credibility.
The Registrar of Stock Feed in Namibia informed Agra on 06 August 2012 that the Directorate of Veterinary Services found that Sheep-Afronkorrels and Stoetveekorrels (breeding stock pellets) from Veekos grow stimulants and/or contain therapeutic substances.
The Registrar put a total embargo on the import of all Veekos products from SA until their investigations in that regard had been concluded.
The company explained that early in 2012, a new label printer was commissioned at the Veekos factory in order to improve traceability during the manufacturing process, and an error occurred when the wording of the South African bag labels was printed on the Namibian bag labels of two of the products – Veekos Stoetveekorrels and Veekos Skaap Afrondkorrels.