Govt bans pork products from Indonesia

GEORGE TOWN: The government has banned pork-related products from Indonesia as a precautionary measure against the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Sim Tze Tzin said the measure was to protect the country’s bio-security.

“The disease has been reported in 11 countries including Indonesia, and we have taken steps to ban all pork-related products from infected countries. We urge Malaysians to be vigilant in the battle against the outbreak and refrain from buying imported pork-related products.

“We will also step up enforcement rounds to ensure that restaurant operators and retailers do not smuggle in banned products, ” he told reporters after handing out school aid to 180 recipients in Bayan Baru yesterday.

On the possibility of price increase of pork products, Sim said the situation was under control, adding that the country’s production was sustainable.

“The local pork industry is worth RM5bil and is 93% self-sustainable.

“The price of pork has been stable and there should not be a concern, ” he said.

Last month, Malaysia banned the import of pork and pork-based products from 10 countries because of the ASF outbreak.

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