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28,350kg contaminated garlic from China seized in Labuan
Published on: Saturday, December 07, 2019
By: Iffah Dilaney
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Enforcement officers with the confiscated garlic.
LABUAN: The Malaysian Department of Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) detained a container with 28,350kg of garlic imported here from China.

Its enforcement officer, Pauld Johnny, said the container was intercepted at the Labuan Liberty Wharf recently after it was found carrying sacks of garlic contaminated with parasites.

“The agricultural produce was confiscated and compounded for RM10,800,” he said.

He said the seized goods were treated with fumigation to ensure all pests were removed. 

He stressed that bringing in contaminated agricultural produce is an offence under Section 14 of the Quarantine and Inspection Services Act of Malaysia 2011 (Act 728) where those found guilty can be fined not exceeding RM100,000 or jailed for up to six years, or both.

“Any consignment brought into the country that is found to be in violation of the terms and regulations would be seized for further investigation,” he said.

Pauld said import controls at the entrances would be further intensified to ensure imported consignments comply with legal requirements and are free of pests, diseases and pollutants for the benefit of the people.

Meanwhile, Labuan Maqis Director Nazrul Azman Mat Rahim also revealed in a statement Friday that a consignment of chicken products from China brought in by an inbound passenger to Labuan Airport was seized.

He said the seizure was made during a baggage check upon the passenger’s arrival at the airport.

“Upon inspection, we found that the passenger did not possess any valid permit from Maqis and a health certificate of the product from its origin,” he said.

He added that Maqis conducted checks on all agricultural products brought into the country to ensure that they were not dangerous and free of parasites. 


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