Some dealers in Perak are repacking cooking oil in used containers. The use of recycled plastic bottles is unhygienic and in violation of the licensing conditions under the Control of Supplies Act 1961.
The enforcement chief of the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry in Perak, Suhaimi Mat Sari, highlighted this to the media in Ipoh yesterday.
“It is an offence as we do not know what the old containers were used for, whether they were for halal products or otherwise. In this regard, we are advising all 24 repackers in Perak to not use recycled containers to avoid any actions by the authorities,” he was quoted by Bernama as saying.
Suhaimi said three men, in their 50’s, were detained for using used containers to repack cooking oil at an industrial area in Jelapang yesterday.
The ministry seized 323kg of cooking oil worth RM1,060 for industrial use, packed in used containers in the 2pm raid.
“All the containers confiscated were sent to the Chemistry Department for tests on their previous content,” he said.
It is heartening to know that ministry is making an effort to curb profiteering due to the rise in price of cooking oil after subsidy rationalisation. Along with the bid to foil profiteers from cashing in on the situation, it has done well to ensure that cooking oil dealers comply with food industry standards.
The ministry represents the government in a multiracial and multi-religious country. The government is responsible for the wellbeing of all the citizens and non-citizens residing or visiting the country.
While it is praiseworthy of the ministry that the cooking oil dealers ensure that their products are halal, it must also protect all consumers.
It must take the extra step to ensure that the cooking oil does not only have traces of substance of porcine origin, but also from pests such as cockroaches and rats.
The alarming rate of growth in rat population in Malaysia could be attributed to poor sanitation practices and waste management, the rapid rate of urbanisation and improper planning of population centres.
Among the main diseases attributed to rats are the bubonic plague, leptospirosis, murine typhus, salmonellosis and rat-bite fever. Most patients with leptospirosis have been found to come in contact with rat urine before the onset of illness.
Before Netizens go into frenzy over yet another halal debate, the issue here is about the inadequate concern shown by a representative of the government.
Unless it was the news agency that failed to report the health fears that the enforcement chief might have raised, Suhaimi has overlooked the interests of all Malaysians.
Source : The Heat Malaysia Online