BUTTERWORTH: The Department of Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) has seized powdered egg yolk brought illegally into the country from India at Dermaga Air Dalam (DAD) here.
Penang Maqis director Zarina Ramli said in their inspection at the port at 5pm on Tuesday, 750kg of powdered egg yolk worth RM17, 909.66 were found to have been imported without valid documents.
“Maqis has issued a compound to the importer upon obtaining the permission of the Deputy Public Prosecutor, as well as a warning the importer to comply with the terms and regulations, ” she said here yesterday.
She said Maqis had always taken serious steps on issues involving food security, disease control and pest infestation that could threaten the country’s food security.
Meanwhile, Zarina said the department had successfully crippled attempts to bring in animal products from various countries without valid documents such as import permits and health certificates at the Penang International Airport.
She said from July until Aug 13, the department had also seized various types of meat including pork, beef, poultry and mutton with an estimated weight of 80kg, which were brought into the country without a valid permit.
“The act of importing animal products without a valid permit is an offence under Section 11(1) of the Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011, and is liable to a fine not exceeding RM100, 000, or imprisonment up to six months, or both, upon conviction, ” she said,
The confiscation of the animal products is to prevent the spread of diseases such as the African swine fever that could be transmitted through live pigs and pork products in all forms, including frozen ones, she explained.
As per standard procedure, the contraband were sent to the Batu Maung animal quarantine station for disposal. — Bernama