Malaysia to import chicken eggs for now (Poll Inside)

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will temporarily import chicken eggs as a stopgap measure to address the country’s egg supply shortage until a long-term solution is decided, says Agriculture and Food Security Minister Mohamad Sabu.

The short-term solution was vital to ensure the food security of Malaysians who consumed around 968 million chicken eggs monthly, he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

He added that several foreign sources had been identified and ensured that all imported egg sources would adhere to established safety standards.

He also assured local egg producers that the initiative was not designed to pressure them through competition but to prevent disruptions to the domestic egg supply.

He said the foreign imports would be reviewed once the domestic supply had stabilised.

He added that the ministry’s secretary-general had been tasked with monitoring the impact of importing eggs from foreign sources on local markets and that Agrobank had been asked to advise local suppliers and entrepreneurs on how to remain competitive.

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