KUCHING, Oct 7: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has assured that the supply of chickens and poultry eggs are sufficient.
KPDNHEP in a statement today said for the month Oct 2021, the estimated production supply of chicken is at 64.9 million chickens per month, with more than 1 billion poultry eggs.
“Based on the data, the production of chickens and poultry eggs is sufficient to meet the needs and demands of consumers,” the statement read.
The ministry noted that to ensure adequate supply, several proactive actions have been implemented by the ministry such as monitoring the supply line comprehensively, including collaborating with other relevant agencies, namely the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS).
It said KPDNHEP had also conducted periodic inspections in terms of production and distribution at breeders, wholesalers and retailers.
“The ministry also regularly monitors the supply of 20 chicken breeders which represents 1,028 farms since Sept 22, 2020, including monitoring 50 poultry egg farmers representing 101 farms since May 2020, to understand the situation of chicken and poultry eggs supply in the country,” it added.
Meanwhile, KPDNHEP also pointed out that the ministry will continue to conduct regular inspection at 2,711 District Dedicated-Retailer (DDR) and 1,039 District Dedicated-Wholesaler (DDW) daily throughout the country.
“As such, KPDNHEP would like to remind traders to be more responsible in ensuring the production and distribution of chickens and poultry eggs are always sufficient. Any individuals or companies that violates the law can be prosecuted under the Control of Supplies Act 1961 and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
“If convicted, the trader can be fined an amount not exceeding RM1 million or face an imprisonment term not exceeding 3 years, or both,” it said.
Consumers who have any information on the misconduct of traders can channel their complaints to the ministry through WhatsApp at 019-279 4317, the Ez ADU KPDNHEP portal at e-aduan.kpdnhep.gov.my, Call Centre 1-800-886-800, Enforcement Command Centre (ECC) 03-8882 6088/6245, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. — DayakDaily