KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry is investigating media reports that meat from dead pigs were used to make processed food, said Food Safety and Quality Division senior director Noraini Datuk Mohd Othman.
She said the ministry took a serious view of the report and if proved unfounded, the parties involved can be hauled up under Section 13A of Food Act 1983.
The Section provides for prohibition of preparation and sale of food containing diseased animals or rotten vegetables or animal parts unsuitable as food like dead animals or those killed during hunting.
“Those who violate this section can be fined not more RM50,000 or jailed not more eight years or both,” she said in a statement here today.
Noraini urged consumers not to worry about food safety as the ministry will not compromise on the matter and always monitor food sold in the market.
It became an issue when NTV7′s Mandarin of Edisi Siasat reported that pig farmers in Tanjung Sepat, Selangor sold carcasses to make pork sausage, smoked pork,dim sum and pau. – Bernama