No imported chicken parts from Brazil in Sarawak, assures SDMC

Uggah (centre) flanked by Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (left) and State Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing. Photo Credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (UKAS).

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Aug 14: SDMC assured that the state government did not permit the import of frozen chicken parts, especially from Brazil, due to concern over Covid-19.

This announcement comes amid findings by health officials in Shenzhen that a batch of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil tested positive for Covid-19.

Reiterating that there were no chicken parts imported from Brazil in Sarawak, he added that Sarawak is producing chicken in sufficient numbers for local consumption and that there was no need for the state to import frozen chicken meat from overseas.

“I read the news that in China, they (the authorities) have discovered that the chicken parts imported from Brazil are found to carry some trace of (Covid-19) coronavirus.

“I would like to inform Sarawakians that we have not allowed the import of chicken parts from Brazil.

“At the moment, we have not allowed any import of chicken parts because in the first place Sarawak has a lot of chickens.

“Apart from that, we only allow the import of frozen meats from countries that do not have infectious diseases,” he said during a press conference today.—DayakDaily