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Halal Status For Two Poultry Products In Labuan Doubtful

LABUAN, July 11 (Bernama) -- The halal status of two brands of poultry products sold in the island has been claimed to be doubtful.

Member of Parliament for Labuan Datuk Rozman Isli said the matter was discovered by Labuan Halal Hub Sdn Bhd through a check.

"The country producing the products is from America, but the permit and halal logo was from other countries. As such, wholesalers must not import the products for local distribution," he told a press conference here Friday.

He reminded that failure to comply to halal requirements could lead to a fine of up to RM100,000 and three years in prison under the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking of Halal 2011).

He said it was important for wholesalers, traders and consumers to check poultry meat products and buffalo meat halal status imported into the country at www.dvs.gov.my.

Meanwhile, Labuan Customs Department director Wasimin Daiman denied there was importation of the said poultry products into the island.

He said all poultry products imported into Labuan would not be released until they complied with conditions imposed by the government, and must go through four enforcement agencies' checks, namely Department of Veterinary Services, Department of State Health Services Department, Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS)and the Customs Department.

"If the products are sold in Labuan, they could be brought in from Sabah or Sarawak and not through the four agencies' inspection," he said.

He said there are only two brands of imported chicken meat products that meet the prescribed halal certification being sold in Labuan - Persia brand (Netherlands) and Frisia (Denmark).

-- BERNAMA




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