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(From New Straits Times (Malaysia))
JOHOR BARU: The irresponsible actions of some pig farmers in Selangor and Malacca in using a banned growth enhancer has hurt the country's pork industry, as consumers now fear eating pork.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, however, said pork produced by farms in Johor, Perak and Penang have been found to be free of beta-agonist.
Since the ban on beta-agonist in 1996, pork butchers had become the scapegoat for the action of errant farmers who used the drug, which is listed under the Poisons Schedule.
It was reported that at least 20 pork butchers nationwide had been fined RM2,000 for selling pork …