November 20, 2023
Malaysia seizes 190 tonnes of imported swine carcasses
In a recent enforcement operation spanning two phases from May to June 2023 and in early November, the Malaysian Veterinary Services Department (DVS) has confiscated 190 tonnes of swine carcasses, primarily imported from Brazil and Russia, Free Malaysia Today reported.
The seized carcasses, valued at MYR 4.3 million, were discovered at seven locations in the state of Selangor, and four in Johor state.
The enforcement operation, targeting the illegal importation of swine carcasses, also led to the seizure of five containers, one binding machine, and 59 bundles of strings. The DVS, in its statement, confirmed that the swine carcasses were disposed of in compliance with subsection 68(3) of the Animals Act 1953, following court approval.
The ongoing investigation involves nine cases related to the swine carcasses from Brazil and Russia, conducted under the country's subsection 5(1)(b) of the Animals Act 1953. Additionally, two cases are being examined under subsection 5(3) of the Animals (Control of Slaughter) Rules 2009.
The DVS highlighted the issue's potential implications for disease control, particularly African swine fever, which poses a threat to the swine farming industry. The department issued a stern warning, stating that stringent measures would be taken against importers, storage facility owners, and pork sellers to ensure that swine carcasses are only sourced from countries permitted under subsection 5(1)(b) of the Animals Act 1953.
The DVS pledged to intensify enforcement efforts, collaborating with various agencies such as the police, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, and local authorities. An integrated operation is slated to inspect frozen storage warehouses, as well as pork production and processing facilities.
- Free Malaysia Today