30 pig farms quarantined for using growth enhancer
Thirty pig farms have been placed under a two week
quarantine following the discovery of high levels of the banned growth enhancer,
beta agonist, in animals.
To prevent farmers from smuggling pigs out for slaughter at unlicensed
abattoirs, Malaysian Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi
has said that his Ministry would seek the help of the police and
the Veterinary Services Department during the quarantine.
The farms in Malacca, Selangor, Perak and Penang must be
certified free of beta agonist
before they can resume
slaughtering pigs. Depending on the number of pigs the farmers rear, the
two-week quarantine will cost between RM10,000 (€2,246) and RM100,000
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