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Pig breeders fear they’d be on the losing end over undefined section

by 5m Editor
23 January 2007, at 8:00am

MALAYSIA - What is with “the others"? The Federation of Livestock Farmers Associations of Malaysia asked this question regarding a clause in a planned loyalty pledge.

They are not satisfied that the pledge – against the use of beta-agonist – had included “other substances” but had not defined what these substances were.

The federation said pig farmers agreed to sign only if the Health Ministry changed the clause in the written pledge.

Pigs unit chairman Tung Hong Chai said the pledge was not clear as it stated that pig farmers would not use beta-agonist and “other substances”.

“We need to know what the substances are. The farmers do not want to sign it for fear they would be on the losing end by not knowing what the 'others' are.

“A small number of the 670 pig farmers in Peninsular Malaysia have signed the pledge but have not submitted it to the Veterinary Services Department,” he said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek told reporters that the farmers had agreed to sign the loyalty pledge by the end of the month.

Source: Malaysia Star

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