Thailand's Pig Farmers Face Probe

by 5m Editor
25 March 2011, at 9:14am

THAILAND - The Livestock Department will crack down on pig farms using a chemical agent to increase the redness of the meat in their pigs.

Department chief Preecha Somboonprasert said a team of livestock officials would today file a complaint against owners of some pig farms in Chon Buri province found to have illegally used beta-agonist.

The use of such a substance would be harmful to consumers, he said. Some firms had smuggled in beta-agonist to sell to pig farms, according to Bangkok Post.

Health officials warned consumption of meat tainted with the substance over a long period could cause fatal heart conditions.

Mr Preecha said the department would send teams of officials to inspect pig farms nationwide.

Those found to use the substance would be liable to a jail term of up to one year and/or a fine of up to 10,000 baht.

Mr Preecha said the law might be amended to impose harsher punishment against pig farms using the illegal chemical agent.