Authorities urged to crack down on usage of banned drugs to breed pigs

MALACCA: A pig farmer has urged the veterinary services and the Federation of Livestock Farmers Associations of Malaysia (FLFAM) - to act fast in a bid to check the abuse of beta agonist. 

Beta agonist is a banned drug used by farmers to produce pigs within a shorter period. The meat will also be lean. 

Lim Oh Pah, 51, vice chairman of the pig unit under the Malacca branch of FLFAM, said enforcers should act fast - after the issue was highlighted in the media - so that they could still trace live pigs fed with the banned drug. 

He also urged the FLFAM to ensure quality of the pork at their emergency meeting held by the pig unit at the FLFAM on Friday. 

Lim said he did this to safeguard the interests of the pig farming industry for the long term despite facing the risk of being criticised by others in the industry. 

“I urge all pig farmers to stop using it for their shorter gains. 

“If all consumers decide not to consume pork because of beta-agonist, that is the end of the pig farming industry,” he said. 

At least 16 pig farms in the state were using this banned drug, he said, adding that there are about 91 pig farms located in Kuala Sungai Baru and Paya Mengkuang at the moment. 

It was reported that at least 70% of locally-bred pigs were still fed with beta-agonist - a banned drug which acts as a growth enhancer - by many pig farms in the northern and central states. 

He also urged consumers not just to opt for lean meat. 

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