LABUAN: Beware of non-halal products ahead of the Chinese New Year celebration, as a hypermarket in the duty-free-island here was found to have sold non-halal products on the non-designated shelf.
The discovery was made during an integrated operation led by Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari in conjunction with the Chinese New Year next month.
More than 30 personnel from Health Department, Labuan Corporation (LC), Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) and Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) stormed into the popular hypermarket and found a number of offences committed including the arrangement of frozen foods at the chiller.
Dr Ismuni disclosed at least three boxes of variety products for violating the labeling requirements worth of more than RM1,600 seized and warning notices issued to the operator.
“We found the non-halal products being sold at the non-designated shelf and we leave it to JAWI and KPDNHEP to take further action,” he said.
Dr Ismuni said a total of 773 products worth of RM6. 141 seized in 2018 an increase of 75 per cent compared to 442 in 2017.
Most of the offences committed were expired and damaged products.
He also said 132 compounds worth of RM91, 300 issued since 2015 until 2018.
“This operation is not to punish the businesses but rather an awareness to be ethical in business,” Dr Ismuni said.