PORCINE slaughterhouses in Penang should implement modernised and efficient processes.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said upgrading slaughtering processes would ensure a healthy environment and maintain food security at good levels.
“The state government is very concerned when it comes to the cleanliness of the environment,” said Chow after visiting the pig slaughterhouse at Soon Seng Meat Sdn Bhd in Sungai Jawi recently.
The slaughterhouse began operations early this year after complying with all the guidelines and criteria of the state Veterinary Services Department (DVS).
Chow said that several years ago, the state introduced a closed farming by-law on all pig farmers to ensure pollution caused by the industry was contained.
“This is still ongoing and we encourage all unlicensed slaughterhouses and farms to apply for valid permits.
“We want to make sure they go through all the processes from live pig inspection to carcass delivery in a proper manner.”
Chow commended Soon Seng Meat for running a slaughterhouse with modern machines of international standards.
The slaughterhouse has the capability to slaughter 150 pigs per hour and a storage capacity of 800 pig carcasses in chillers at any one time.
There are currently five pig slaughterhouses in the state, three on the mainland and two on the island.
DVS director Dr Anun Man said Penang was on the right track in terms of delivering clean and well processed meat products.
“We hope all slaughterhouses follow suit with the modern day processes being used at the plant here as they are implemented worldwide,” added Dr Anun.