December 16, 2019
Indonesian pork products banned from entering Malaysia due to ASF concerns
Malaysia has banned the entry of pork products from Indonesia, said Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Sim Tze Tzin.
The ban includes Indonesia as part of a growing list of nations that Malaysia has suspended from exporting porcine goods to the country. According to Sim, the suspension is imposed to protect Malaysia's bio-security as African swine fever has been reported in Indonesia and 10 other countries, The Star reported on December 15.
"We have taken steps to ban all pork-related products from infected countries. We urge Malaysians to be vigilant in the battle against the outbreak and refrain from buying imported pork-related products," he was quoted saying in Bayan Baru, Penang.
Sim said his ministry will conduct more enforcement checks on restaurant operators and retailers to curb smuggling of banned products.
The deputy minister said Malaysia's local pork industry, estimated to be worth RM5 billion (US$1.2 billion), is largely sustainable as it produces 93% of the goods for the domestic market and does not foresee a decrease in supply.
Malaysia has already banned the import of pork and pork-based products from 10 countries due to ASF.
- Malay Mail