Malaysian pig farmers ban beta agonist
All 656 pig farmers in Malaysia have agreed to sign a
pledge not to use illegal substances, including beta-agonist, on their
The pledge also includes nitofuran and chloramphenicol.
minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the farmers were expected to sign the
agreement within seven days - before the Chinese New Year, on February
"Once the pledge is signed, it
will be easier on our part as well as the authorities like the Veterinary
Services Department to carry out legal action in case the law is flouted," Chua
The move would also facilitate effective monitoring on the use
of the banned growth boosters among the farmers.
People selling pork,
however, do not have to sign the pledge, Chua
Chua also said the Customs
Department had agreed in principle to enlist animal feed containing beta-agonist
as Customs prohibited goods.
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