The Malaysian government has banned beef and beef products from Thailand and Brazil. These two countries join the 16 EU Member States on the beef blacklist, which has been drawn up in a bid to prevent the spread of BSE. As well as banning imports, Malaysian health minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said the government has also ordered the immediate removal of all beef-derived products from these countries from food store shelves. Wary of beef being smuggled illegally into the country, officials have implemented stringent security checks along the border with Thailand.