DVS Sarawak will take necessary action towards the selling of milk products from FMD (foot and mouth disease) infected countries to assure that Sarawak remains FMD-free. File Photo
KUCHING: The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Sarawak will investigate an allegation made by Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen that fresh milk from Peninsular Malaysia was still being sold in supermarkets in the state despite a suspension.
DVS Sarawak will take necessary action towards the selling of milk products from FMD (foot and mouth disease) infected countries to assure that Sarawak remains FMD-free.
Its director Dr Adrian Susin Ampud said DVS Sarawak issued its statement to clarify Chong’s allegation.
FMD is a viral disease of economic importance that affects all cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, buffalo, pigs, goats, sheeps, deer, and other ungulates, Adrian pointed out.
FMD does not affect poultry and humans. It is different from the Hand-Foot and Mouth disease (HFMD) caused by Coxsackievirus. DVS Sarawak is fully committed to maintain its FMD-free status granted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in May 2004, he added.
“DVS Sarawak will continue to strengthen our enforcement activities to ensure that milk and milk products imported into the state meet the requirements of import permits,” he said.
“Importation of fresh milk into Sarawak is governed by the Regulations for Importation of a veterinary import permit issued by the Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak.”
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