PETALING JAYA: The nation's supply of chicken is not affected despite the temporary closure of the largest producer in the country after the quarantine of its workers due to Covid-19.
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry said the supply is still stable in the market with other producers stepping in.
''Chicken and eggs can still be supplied to some 500 suppliers and the production is stable to meet the market needs.
''The ministry continues to engage with the poultry and egg industry players to ensure sufficient supply from time to time, '' it said in a statement on Monday (Feb 8).
The ministry said it is aware of the closure of a chicken processing facility in Serkam, Melaka since Feb 2 after a majority of its workers contracted Covid-19.
''The factory is one of the major chicken processing facilities that supplies processed chicken in the peninsula.
''The directive of temporary closure by the Health Ministry is important to control and prevent the cluster from spreading.
''The ministry has also taken early steps to inspect and observe the factory's operation to determine the strategy and follow-up plans to ensure sufficient supply of chicken," it said.
The factory, it said, supplies 150,000 of processed chicken a day prior to its temporary closure.
''Following the closure, a producer factory in Pedas, Negri Sembilan has been directed to step in to ensure a continuous supply.
''Based on records, we have not received any complaints of a shortage in the market so far, '' it added.
It also said daily checks have been intensified to monitor the supply of chicken and eggs throughout the movement control order period.
As of Feb 6, a total of 248,749 premises have been inspected, involving 11 types of items - sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, white bread, milk powder, vegetables, eggs, onion, chicken and face masks.
''The supply of these items are stable and sufficient, '' it said, adding that industry players are reminded to always adhere to the standard operating procedure throughout their operations.