KUALA LUMPUR - The Veterinary Department will investigate claims that some poultry traders were dyeing their farm chickens with yellow industrial pigment to pass them off as "kampung chicken".
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that his officers would probe the claims.
"I do not want to comment at the moment," he told reporters at Parliament lobby yesterday when asked to comment on a news report that there were such errant poultry traders.
In a Chinese daily yesterday, a poultry trader claimed that consumers, mainly from the Chinese community, were duped into thinking they were purchasing "kampung chickens" owing to the bright yellow colour, believed to be Aniline.
The trader claimed that the chickens were in fact ordinary farm chickens that were freshly slaughtered at the wet markets and soaked in the yellowish substance.
"The move was intended to attract customers, as the Chinese prefer chicken with yellowish skin," said the report, quoting the trader.
Selangor and Federal Territory Chicken and Duck Traders Association vice-president Yap Chau Hen admitted that there were some traders who had resorted to such tactics.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Hasan Malek said that his ministry could only act against such traders if tests confirmed the presence of banned chemical substances on the chickens.