NILAI: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs has assured that despite shortages in several areas as reported, the supply of chicken eggs nationwide is sufficient.
Ministry secretary-general Datuk Azman Mohd Yusof said it is continuously monitoring the supply of chicken eggs in the market, and working with several ministries, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (Mafi).
He added that so far, no complaints were received on the hoarding of chicken eggs by any parties, especially traders, and legal action would be taken against those involved.
“I have also been in touch with the Mafi secretary-general, and our officers are having technical discussions with several ministries today (Thursday, Oct 20) to ensure that there is an adequate supply of eggs in the consumer market,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after inspecting the supply of food items at a supermarket in conjunction with the Deepavali Festival Maximum Price Scheme, effective Oct 20 to 26.
Meanwhile, Azman said that the lack of supply of chicken eggs in particular areas was probably due to problems with payment, remote locations, transport and logistics, which easily disrupt delivery.
He also hopes that all industry players would cooperate with the caretaker Government to ensure an adequate supply of food to the market at reasonable prices, especially ahead of Deepavali.
In a separate matter, Azman said a total of 708,230 business premises were inspected nationwide, and action was taken against 9,421 for various offences, with RM93.86 million seized from January to September.
He said the ministry also disposed of various confiscated items worth RM24.61 million during the same period.
Source : The Edge Markets