KUALA LUMPUR: Poultry company Lay Hong Bhd’s Jeram farms have been declared free of the Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) after the comprehensive test conducted by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS).
In a statement on Monday, Lay Hong said the DVS’s test showed negative results for SE and therefore effectively lifting the suspension of egg supply from Jeram 1 - CES 008 farm.
“This is a very comprehensive investigation conducted by DVS, which includes testing on the eggs, environment chicken faeces, cloacal swap, feed, water and others from each farm at the lab in DVS Salak Tinggi, ” it said.
Lay Hong said the testings were completed after more than a week of suspension since SE was found in the eggs exported from Jeram Farm 1 - CES 008 to Singapore.
Lay Hong Bhd executive director Datuk Yap Chor How welcomed the negative results for SE in all its farms as it proves that all its eggs are free of SE contamination.
“The results also showed that it is unlikely that the SE contamination discovered recently occurred at any of our farms, ” he said.
He pointed out the DVS, SE contamination did not occur within its farms and could possibly happen along with the supply to the marketing chain.
“We will leave this for the authority to further investigate. Going forward, we will continue to work with the DVS to strengthen our farm control and monitoring, ” Yap added.
Lay Hong said ollowing the negative results of the SE testing, DVS will initiate engagement with the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).
Yap hoped Singapore would uplift the export suspension as soon as possible for its Jeram 1 farm.
On the recent announcement by Singapore SFA and Aeon Co. (M) Berhad about the recall of eggs coded CEM 014, “we would like to address to the public that this is not Lay Hong Bhd’s eggs or from any of our farms”.
He said Lay Hong will remain committed to ensuring food safety and will remain accountable and transparent to the public in regards to its operations.
“We would like to apologise to our loyal customer and stakeholder for any misunderstanding and emotional distress. Customer safety is our top priority. All Lay Hong brand of eggs are safe for human consumptions, ” Yap said.