18 May '15, 12am

Long ban on pork from #Malaysia lifted by AVA

Long ban on pork from #Malaysia lifted by AVA

RAW pork from Malaysia is back in markets here, marking the end of a more-than-decade-long import ban on the product. The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) recently approved the import of frozen pork from a slaughterhouse in Sarawak. The first consignment arrived here in February and, as of last month, about 9 tonnes of frozen pork products have been imported from there. The ban on the import of live pigs and raw pork from Malaysia was introduced in 1999, after an outbreak of the Nipah virus. The virus, which is carried by pigs, killed 100 Malaysian pig farmers and an abattoir worker here. A spokesman for the AVA said Sarawak's state animal and veterinary public health programmes were assessed and inspections were conducted at the pig-farming area and slaughterhouse to ensure that bio-security control measures and hygiene standards meet AVA's requirements. "During our...

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