Fake Halal Meat Penetrated Malaysian Market
A worker arranges imported frozen meat at a shop in Ipoh December 28, 2020. — Picture by Farhan Najib (Source: Malay Mail)
Allegations of a giant network selling imported meat passed off as halal with the help of corrupt government officials from multiple agencies triggered widespread alarm in Muslim-majority Malaysia since end of year 2020.
As reported by New Straits Times, the cartel obtains meat from countries such as Canada, Colombia, Ukraine, Uruguay, Spain, and Mexico. The produce comes from non-certified manufacturers. News reports emerged that the meats sourced from abroad may have included kangaroo, horse and even pork and that the practice had been going on for years, with some even claiming as long as four decades.
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- The Star. Meat-smuggle cartel busted in raid. Accessed on 22nd March 2021.
- Mashable SE Asia. Malaysian Muslims have been eating fake halal meat for 40 years. Accessed on 22nd March 2021.
- The Malay Mail. How Malaysia’s ‘meat cartel’ scandal unfolded: A timeline. Accessed on 22nd March 2021