Monday, May 16, 2011

Rubbish Pork

Are you eating rubbish? Here's the story taken from theStar:

ABOUT 90% of pig farms sell low quality pork or “rubbish pork”.

The Malaysian Pork Sellers' Association claimed that this activity had been going on for over 10 years, reported Sin Chew Daily.

Association chairman Goh Chui Lai said rubbish pork was in abundance in Ipoh, Perak and in Tanjung Sepat, Selangor.

The sale of such meat, he said, became widespread after the Nipah virus outbreak.

“Some processed food operators also buy dead pigs for their products as it is cheaper,” he said.

Goh was commenting on a news report that low quality pork were used in the making of sausages, pork balls, dim sum and buns in the market.

However, Federation of Livestock Farmers Associations of Malaysia's pig unit chief Beh Kim Hee refuted Goh's claim.

He challenged Goh to lodge a police report, claiming that Goh had no evidence to support his claims.

He also accused Goh of trying to bring down the price of pork products “with his baseless claims”.

On Saturday, the Health Ministry and Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry assured that it would conduct an investigation to ensure that pork-related products in the market were safe for consumption.

Since the issue was highlighted, Nanyang Siang Pau reported that sales of pork-based products were on the decline.

If you are not sure what is what, better avoid pork products, at least for now, than to fall sick.