Malaysian pig farmers: no growth promoters
Almost all pig farmers in Malaysia have signed a
loyalty pledge not to use beta agonist and other illegal growth enhancing
substances on their livestock.
The loyalty pledge bans the use of three illegal growth enhancers: beta
agonist, nitofuran and chloramphenicol.
Deputy agriculture and
agro-based industry minister Datuk Mah Siew Keong, said a total of 654 farmers
had signed the pledge. The association members, mainly from Penang, Perak,
Malacca, Johor and Selangor, supply about 7,000 pigs per day to abattoirs
"Those who have not signed, especially the small pig
farmers, should do so as soon as possible," he told reporters at his
Mah said the ministry
would not hesitate to take legal action against those caught using the banned
He said the response from the pig farmers had been
encouraging with no new cases of beta agonist detected in pork at the
Not cost effective
Pig Unit chairman Jeffrey Beh Kim Hee, said the use of beta agonist among pig
farmers had stopped, as the substance was a banned item and using it was not
In February, health minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi
Lek said that pig feed containing beta agonist was now a banned substance under
the Customs Prohibited Order.
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