KUCHING (Nov 10, 2012): The Sarawak Veterinary Department is not following the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedure (SOP) in sampling and analysing the chicken products of Ayamas Food Corporation Sdn Bhd, its minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said, here today.
He was made to understand that the department had began collecting samples of the products in May to analyse it until August this year but only announced its findings on Nov 1 this year.
Speaking to reporters after officiating the 9th World Congress of Chinese Medicine 2012 here, he said the department did not inform his ministry ahead of announcing the prohibition of the importation and sales of the Ayamas products in Sarawak.
“I believe that according to SOP, the Health Ministry must be informed so that we can assist. At the Health Ministry, we usually do the sampling immediately. This cannot be delayed because what is important now is that the people are given quick and accurate information and the action must also be fast,” he said.
He made these remarks to explain his announcement in Parliament last Thursday that Ayamas products analysed by his ministry did not contain the antibiotic, Chloramphenicol, against what that had been discovered by Sarawak Veterinary Department in their analysis announced on Nov 1.
While admitting that it was the duty of the Sarawak Veterinary Department to decide on the importation of the Ayamas products to the State, Liow said they should be feeding up-to-date information to his ministry on the issue.
“We have to let the public be aware of what is happening now. You (the department) give me a data which is (collected) a few months earlier. I can’t act on a data which is (collected) a few months earlier,” he added. – Bernama