3 Aussie meat exporters suspended from Malaysia


PETALING JAYA: Three Australian export meat establishments have been temporarily suspended from Malaysia following an update to the Department of Veterinary Services’ (DVS) website list of Australian companies allowed to export meat to Malaysia.

A spokesman for Australia’s Department of Agriculture told the Weekly Times that the suspensions, which were enforced on Aug 18, were related to a review audit conducted in May.

“The department is working closely with DVS to address the issues identified at audit and, once Malaysia is satisfied, have the suspensions lifted,” he was quoted as saying.

Although the spokesman did not name the companies involved in the suspension, the report said one of them was Thomas Foods International (TFI), one of Australia’s largest exporters of beef and sheep meat.

TFI chief operating officer David McKay said the company could not comment on the suspension until it received the final report from Malaysian authorities, but added that it understood Malaysia would be re-auditing in early October.

This would be an opportunity for TFI to regain access to Malaysian markets, he said in the report.