RM1mil worth of buffalo meat seized in Butterworth

BUTTERWORTH: Three containers carrying frozen buffalo meat worth more than RM1mil from India were seized at the Northern Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) on Thursday (Nov 26).

Penang Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) director Zarina Ramli said enforcement officers found that the consignment did not comply with the import permit requirements.

“A total of 83,988kg of frozen buffalo meat with an estimated value of RM1,000,749.09 has been seized for further action.

“Failure to comply with the conditions set out in the Maqis import permit is an offence under Section 15(1) of the Quarantine Services and Inspection Services Act 2011 and prosecuted under Section 15(2) of the same Act.

“If convicted, offenders are liable to a fine of not more than RM100,000 or up to six years' jail, or both, ” she said in a statement on Thursday (Nov 26).

She added that Maqis regularly inspects agricultural products at every entrance to the country to ensure that plants, animals, carcasses, fish, agricultural products and microorganisms imported into the country are free from pests, diseases and contaminants, and at the same time, comply with government regulations.

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