RAWANG, 15 Nov: A pork processing business owner, who does not have a licence, has been making pig organs, such as intestines, as food for freshwater fish, which he farms, before being marketed, in addition to processing the meat of the animal.
The freshwater fish ranges from Patin, Tilapia and Catfish which are farmed using cages in nearby mines and ponds.
The discovery was made in a joint operation led by the Unit Chief of the Special Action Unit of the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) President’s Office, C.Paramasivam, at Jalan Kundang here in Kampung Sungai Bakau yesterday.
Paramasivam said that the operator was given a 30 day notice before his premises is demolished, in addition to compounds for various offences.
“We will seek to demolish the premises because only the President has the power to give the order. Apart from facing demolition, the operator has also been charged six compounds amounting to RM6,000 for six offences,” he said.
Among the offences are; storing pork without a licence, failing to comply with food preparation procedures, throwing pork intestines into ponds and mines, and not getting typhoid immunisation as required by food providers.
Meanwhile, the operator claimed that he only processes pork, such as skinning and cutting, and it is then sent to pork suppliers to be sold in restaurants.
In addition, Selangor Kini also learned that the water in the pond is released into Sungai Kundang, before flowing to Sungai Sembah and Sungai Selangor, which supplies water to most of the state’s water consumers.
The joint operation began at 9.30am and ended at 2.30pm, and it involved about 70 officers from various departments in the MPS, the Department of Environment (JAS), the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), the Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS), the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), the Fire Department and the Department of Veterinary Services.
The operation was also carried out on two other premises; a dried tofu factory next to the aforementioned pork processing site, and a drum recycling factory located in the Puteri Permai Industrial Park.