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Malaysia bans chicken exports

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The first shock wave will be felt in neighboring Singapore.

Posted on May 25 ,07:48

Malaysia bans chicken exports

The government of Malaysia seems ready to step up the level of food protectionism by putting a ban on chicken exports, reports Bloomberg. This week, government officials met with 12 producers and livestock groups including Leong Hup Poultry Farm Sdn., HLRB Broiler Farm Sdn., PWF Corporation Bhd., and the Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Association of Malaysia on Monday, following a Cabinet meeting that discussed the ban. Malaysia will halt exports of 3.6 million chickens a month from June 1, and investigate allegations of cartel pricing, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Ronald Kiandee said the ban on chicken exports will be reviewed once supply and prices stabilize. The move is likely to hit Singapore, which sources a third of its supply from Malaysia, as well as in Thailand, Brunei, Japan and Hong Kong.
The ban is the latest in a series of government measures aimed at easing domestic prices as nations around the world battle rising food costs, partly driven by the war in Ukraine crimping food supplies. The Singapore Food Agency said the restriction may result in temporary disruptions to the supply of chilled chicken and urged consumers to be open to switching to frozen chicken or other meat products. About 34% of Singapore’s chicken imports were from Malaysia last year, it said, with almost all imported as live chickens and slaughtered and chilled in the city-state. In 2020, Malaysia exported poultry meat worth $18.9 million, making it the 49th largest exporter of the product in the world.

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