Asia Briefs: Articles about banned apples are 'old news'

Articles about banned apples are 'old news'

KUALA LUMPUR • The Malaysian authorities clarified yesterday that two brands of American apples banned for listeriosis bacteria contamination in 2015 are now safe for consumption, batting away reports circulating on social media and mobile messaging apps.

Health Department Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah told The Straits Times that articles on the ban of Gala red and Granny Smith green apples from California due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that causes listeriosis, were "old news recirculated".

"No issue now," he said in response to whether the fruits have since been given the green light.

Concern over animal markets in Sulawesi

JAKARTA • Disturbing video footage of dogs being butchered and their hair burnt off with blowtorches at markets in Indonesia has prompted protests from animal rights activists.

Campaigners from the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia group are urging the authorities to shut down the country's live animal markets, where they say thousands of dogs and cats are bludgeoned to death each week.

Video filmed by the activists at markets in Tomohon and Langowan cities on Sulawesi island shows an array of burnt, mutilated animals - including monkeys, cats and bats - being sold openly.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe