In Vietnam, a Cuban rat poison finds new market

Associated Press
In Vietnam, a Cuban rat poison finds new market

In this Tuesday, May 21, 2013 photo, a Vietnamese salesman displays rat poison contained salmonella bacteria in Hanoi, Vietnam. The rat bait is banned in the United States on human safety grounds, but produced and used in Vietnam and exported to Africa. Rat poisons normally come with warnings against human consumption and medical directions about what to do if accidentally eaten. Not so “Biorat,” a bait produced in Vietnam by a Cuban-state owned company that earns foreign exchange for the Castro government. The company claims the salmonella strain it includes is “harmless” to everything - humans, the environment, pets and other animal species - apart from rats. That is disputed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a U.S. federal government agency, and other international health institutions including the World Health Organization. (APPhoto/Chris Brummitt)

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