PUTRAJAYA - There will be enough turkeys for everyone this Christmas now that the Department of Veterinary Services has added another farm in Australia as a source for the bird meat.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that local suppliers were allowed to import carcasses, whole birds, bone-in meat, boneless meat and cuts as well as frozen turkeys from the Australian farm Goldfields Turkey Pty Ltd in Victoria.
Currently, suppliers are only allowed to import frozen turkeys from Brazil.
Besides imported turkeys, Ismail Sabri said traders could also get their supplies from local turkey farms.
"There are several turkey farms in Kedah and Penang. Suppliers can contact the department's offices in both states for assistance to purchase the turkeys," he said after sending off a convoy of vehicles laden with food supplies to flood-affected areas in Pahang, Terengganu, Johor and Kelantan on Friday.
The Star had reported on Friday that turkey suppliers in the country were finding it harder to bring in the Christmas favourite due to stringent halal certification, having limited their import options to Brazil only.
Previously, several countries including Australia and the United States supplied turkeys to Malaysia.
Ismail Sabri said that the suppliers could also contact the farmers directly to get their stock of turkeys.
"With both live and frozen turkeys available, there shouldn't be any problem serving this Christmas dish," he said.