Mixed Containers of Imported Halal & Non-Halal Meat
21 July 2017
RM2 million-worth of meat was seized by the Department of Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS) in Gelang Patah, Johor last Monday after inspection of the consignment found Halal meat and non-halal meat were stored together inside the same freezer containers.
Three out of four containers were found to contain boxes of lamb meat mixed with boxes of pork meat and internal organs of other animal. The 120 tonnes of meat was imported from Spain and Brazil by a halal-certified company operating in Selangor, which actually only obtained approval permit (AP) for importation of lamb meat from Australia. This brought the question as to how long the fraud had been going on until they got caught red-handed this week.
Although the lamb and pork meat were kept in separate boxes but as the boxes were stacked together in the same container, the possibility of confusion may occur during distribution. It was known that the imported meat brought in by the company was intended for supplies to supermarkets. This incidence not only had shocked the Muslim-majority consumers in the country but had also caused them to lose confidence in imported meat products available in the market.
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- Said, H (July 2017), Authorities seize four 30-tonne containers storing halal, non-halal frozen meat together. NST Online. Accessed on 20th July 2017.
- Revoke meat company’s permit if it broke the law, says Johor. The Star Online. Accessed on 20th July 2017.