Your yellow ‘kampung chicken’ could be a fake ‘kampung chicken’.
The Veterinarian Department recently consumers of errant poultry traders dying their farm chickens in yellow industrial pigment to pass them off as ‘kampung chicken’.
Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yakob said that he would direct his officers to probe the claims, but chose not to comment on the issue at the moment.
A poultry trader claimed that consumers were tricked into believing that they were consuming ‘kampung chickens’ based on their bright yellow colour.
However, the trader says that the chickens were in fact normal farm chickens, which were freshly slaughtered at the wet markets and soaked in a yellowish substance believed to be Aniline.
“The move was intended to attract customers, as the Chinese prefer chicken with yellowish skin while consumers of other racial groups have no such preference,” the trader added.
In the meantime, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Hasan Malek said the ministry could only act against these chicken traders if tests were being carried out on the affected chickens to confirm the presence of the food dye.
So folks – be extra careful about the poultry you purchase and try your best to avoid the yellow ones unless you really got them out of the kampung.