Nearly 300kg of dubious meat seized in latest operation

Azlan Othman

The Halal Food Control Division of the Syariah Affairs Department under the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) raided a commercial premises in Gadong, which had been illegally bringing meat into the country without a Halal import permit.

The operation was jointly conducted on January 1, with the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and the Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Municipal Department.

Nearly 300kg of meat was seized, including 70.72kg cattle meat, 37.76kg Lockyer Valley beef lungs, 30kg Swift lamb, 131.6kg Wammco lamb, 20kg Allana beef and 10kg beef.

The confiscated meat was brought to the headquarters of the Halal Food Control Division for further action. The seizure was based on an offence under the provisions of Section 9 of the Halal Meat Act, Chapter 183, which is to proffer or sell meat without a Halal import permit and an export permit from the meat-exporting country.

The public is encouraged to relay information on the smuggling of meat products through the Halal Food Control Division hotline at 7166222, or its office branch in each district.

All incoming meat to Brunei Darussalam must have a Halal import permit in accordance with the proper procedures.

The Halal Food Control Division, together with other enforcement agencies, will continue to conduct regular monitoring and operations to ensure compliance with the country’s law and regulations.

The confiscated meat. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN