Malaysian pig industry remains defiant
The deadline has passes, however, pig farmers and butchers have yet to
sign the new loyalty pledge banning them from using beta-agonist on livestock.
Matters still need to be resolved as farmers are not content with certain
wordings in the document. Butchers and pork sellers are also included into the
matter even though they have no business feeding pigs.
Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, Malaysia Health Minister, had asked them to
sign the loyalty pledge by the end of January.
The Federation of Livestock Farmers Associations of Malaysia pig unit
chairman, Tung Hong Chai, could not say which words in the document the farmers
were not happy with.
According to Chai, all problems could be solved after meeting with the
Veterinary Services Department (VSD) and Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based
Industries Minister, Datuk Mah Siew Keong.
Malaysian Pork Sellers Association chairman, Goh Chui Lai, said the
3,000 association members were not told earlier about signing the loyalty pledge
and had refused to do so.
VSD director for public health Dr Muhmad Kamarulzaman Muhmad Sarif
expressed surprise that butchers did not know that they, too, had to sign the
loyalty pledge. He said all those involved in transporting the pigs from the
farms to the slaughterhouses had to sign the loyalty pledge.
â€œThe retailers who take the pork from slaughterhouses to be sold to
consumers must get a receipt from the butcher stating which farm the pig was
from so that contaminated meat can be traced,â€ he said.
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