IPOH: For beef and pork consumers troubled by reports of beta-agonist abuse, the Perak Health Department has reassuring news.
It did not find beta-agonist in any the 34 samples on beef, pork and mutton collected from January to April this year from slaughterhouses in Ipoh and Taiping and markets in the state.
“We have been making extensive spot checks as we are taking a serious view on the illegal use of beta-agonist,” State Health, Science and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Tan Chin Meng said yesterday.
He said the beta-agonist was found in two of the 97 samples collected last year in Perak and legal action had been taken against the two farmers. They could be fined a maximum of RM100,000 or jailed a maximum of 10 years or both under the Food Regulations 1985.
Penang pig farmers said that they are following strict rulings imposed by the state Veterinary Department and have stopped using beta-agonist.
Penang and Province Wellesley Farmers' Association (pig bureau) chief Tan Kwei Hin said all 220 pig farms in Penang were free from beta-agonist.
In Petaling Jaya, Dairy Farm Giant Retail Sdn Bhd said more than 80% of beef sold in the company's Giant hypermarkets were imported chilled and frozen from Australia.
Golden Arches Restaurants Sdn Bhd, which operates the McDonald fast food chain, said all its beef was also imported.
Ramly Food processing Sdn Bhd said they do not use local beef in any of their products.