Maqis seizes 125 sacks of medicinal herbs at Butterworth Wharf warehouse

BUTTERWORTH: The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) has seized 125 sacks of medicinal herbs from Indonesia weighing 3,175kg at the Butterworth Wharf warehouse here.

Penang Maqis director Zarina Ramli said that the herbs are estimated to be worth RM61,241.25 and have been seized for further action.

“The failure to comply with the standards set in the conditions of a valid import permit is an offence under Section 15 (1), Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011. If convicted, it can result in a fine not exceeding RM100,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six years or both once under Section 15 (2) of the same Act, ” said Zarina.

She added that Maqis is taking serious steps in issues involving food safety, disease control and the risk of pests that could threaten the country’s agricultural industry.

“Law enforcement action will continue to be strengthened to ensure the control of animal, fish, plant diseases and food security guarantees are preserved, as well as complying with the conditions and regulations set by the government, ” she said in a statement on Friday (Jan 22).