Malaysian Pig farmers to sign loyalty pledge before Chinese New Year

MALAYSIA - With the issue of "certain wording" cleared, pig farmers are now ready and willing to sign a loyalty pledge banning the use illegal substances, including beta agonist, for their livestock. The farmers have agreed to sign the pledge before the Chinese New Year.
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In announcing this, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the signing of the loyalty pledge would involve 656 pig farmers, who would ink the document "within this week". The signing of the pledge had become an issue of contention between the authorities and farmers.

While the authorities had inststed the pledge was necessary to facilitate enforcement and legal action. The farmers, on the other hand, had been unhappy with certain words in the document, which they claim was "vague".

Dr Chua said that at the national beta-agonist action committee meeting on Tuesday the farmers had agreed that they would not be allowed to use three illegal growth enhancer - beta agonist, nitofuran and chloramphenicol.

Source: The Star Online

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