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Muis, SFA looking into allegations of Malaysia meat cartel selling non-halal meat as ‘halal-certified’, possibly in S’pore

SINGAPORE — The authorities in Singapore are looking into allegations that a supposed meat cartel syndicate in Malaysia smuggles, repacks and relabels non-halal frozen meat items as "halal-certified", and that some of this meat has been imported here.

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore and the Singapore Food Agency noted that there have been recent media reports in Malaysia regarding an alleged meat cartel syndicate.

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore and the Singapore Food Agency noted that there have been recent media reports in Malaysia regarding an alleged meat cartel syndicate.

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SINGAPORE — The authorities in Singapore are looking into allegations that a supposed meat cartel syndicate in Malaysia smuggles, repacks and relabels non-halal frozen meat items as "halal-certified", and that some of this meat has been imported here.

However, they assured the public that halal-certified meat products that are legally imported into Singapore may be consumed with confidence.

In a statement on Tuesday (Dec 29), the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) noted that there have been recent media reports in Malaysia regarding this alleged meat cartel syndicate, and that the Malaysian authorities have said that they are investigating the matter.

Muis and SFA added that there have been messages circulating on social media expressing concern that such frozen meat from Malaysia could have been imported into Singapore, or that the alleged improprieties in the importation and packaging of halal meat could have also been taking place in Singapore.

“(We) are currently looking into the allegations raised to determine if the alleged improprieties affect the Singapore market,” the two agencies said.

Muis is writing to the relevant authority in Malaysia to ask for more information.

“We would like to remind the public to always verify information from credible sources and not to spread rumours. Only meat and meat products from SFA-accredited overseas establishments can be imported into Singapore,” they said. 

Imported meat and meat products are subjected to SFA’s food safety surveillance programme to ensure that they meet the agency's import requirements and regulatory standards.

Furthermore, meat that is imported for the Muslim market and Muis’ certificate holders must meet halal requirements. 

“Muis has a sound process to ensure imported meat that is certified by foreign certifying bodies meets our specified requirements,” they added.

“Muis assures the public that the halal-certified meat products that are legally imported into Singapore may be consumed with confidence.”

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