Maqis detains container for misleading documents in Johor Baru

JOHOR BARU: A container carrying fat filled powdered milk for pet food from Singapore was detained for attempting to fool Malaysian authorities.

The container was detained by the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) Department's Johor office at Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI) near here on Tuesday (Feb 8).

"Our enforcement officers found 18,000kg of the fat filled powdered milk worth RM47,000 inside the container at our import cargo lane at BSI," Johor Maqis said in a statement.

It said the initial investigation found that the importer of the product had misleading documents on the labels of the consignment.

"The information declared was different from the details on the declared health certificate," said the statement.

The case is being investigated under Section 13 of the Maqis Act 2011.

If found guilty, the offender can be fined not exceeding RM50,000 or jailed not more than two years or both.

For the second or subsequent offence, the offender could face a penalty not more than RM75,000 or face jail term not more than five years or both.

"We will continue our enforcement and monitoring at all entry points in the country," it said.

The statement said this was to ensure agricultural products – plants, animals, carcasses, fish and microorganisms imported into Malaysia were free from pests, diseases and contamination.

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