Friday, November 13, 2015

Malaysian bird-nest product maker in $200 mln distribution agreements

KUALA LUMPUR Nov 8 (Reuters) - Malaysia's Swiftlet Eco Park Group (IPO-SWEP.N), one of the country's largest makers of products developed from edible bird nests, has signed distribution agreements worth $200 million to sell its products to China, India and the United Arab Emirates.

The company, which makes coffee, skin care products, puddings and candies with nests made from swiftlets' saliva, on Saturday made the agreements with Hong Kong Yooly International Trading Company, India's Knight Associates and Dubai's Total Support Holdings respectively, it said in a statement.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Export licence for bird’s nests takes only 3 days to process

THE delay in issuing export licences for edible bird’s nests (EBN) is a non-issue as it only takes three days to complete, according to Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan.

“The process of issuing export permits for bird’s nest is quite simple. The applicant needs to be in possession of a valid licence from Sarawak Forestry Corporation to sell bird’s nest.

“As of May 2013, the government has issued a total of 3,526 licences in Sarawak for the purpose of exporting bird’s nest,” Awang Tengah revealed in his winding up speech at the sitting of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday.

Touching on the matter which was brought up by Repok assemblyman Dr Wong Hua Seh, the minister added that there was no monopoly in the export of edible bird’s nest (EBN) in Sarawak.

He said the state government was aware of the problem of exporting to China.

The Chinese government had restricted the import of bird’s nest into the country and took precautions against the inflow of EBN products. The Malaysian government via the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry had proposed that several conditions to be adhere by local EBN exporters to export the commodity to China.

These included proper certification such as HACCP and GMP from the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and Ministry of Health as well as identification (ID) registration from the DVS for traceability.

The aforementioned mechanism was still under due consideration until finalisation of auditing by China Certification and Accreditation Association, China Entry Exit Inspection and Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CNCA), the minister said.

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Three processing establishment may able to export bird’s nest to China

KUCHING: Three bird’s nest processors from Sarawak has successfully audited by CNCA and may get approval from Chinese authorities to export the commodity directly to China.

Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching, Liu Quan, said as many as 16 farmers nationwide had been given the licence to export bird’s nest directly to the republic, including the Sarawakian.

China had, in July 2011, banned all bird’s nest products from Malaysia, resulting in a huge drop in its price – from RM5,000 per kg to RM2,000. Liu Quan, who made a working visit to The Borneo Post recently, said China would be a huge market for bird’s nest industry and hoped that local farmers would not pack it in easily.

“The farmers should strive to fulfil the terms outlined by the Chinese government.

“The bright future of this industry lies in the fact that a bird’s nest centre is now being built at Qingzhou Industrial Zone,” he said.

Liu Quan disclosed that there were two ways for bird’s nest to enter China, the first of which would be via Hong Kong.

“The other way is to export directly into China, by applying for the necessary permit and meeting all the requirements including producing bird’s nest products with nitrate of less than 34 ppm (parts per million),” he said.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Bird’s Nest Import and Export Association president Liu Thian Leong confirmed that there were three processors from Sarawak may qualified to export their products to China. He attributed this to the situation where many local operators found the procedures to export bird’s nest to China ‘too tedious’, or the requirements ‘too stringent to comply with’.

“Many of us prefer to export raw bird’s nest to Hong Kong. Being a place that produces this commodity, there are many buyers coming here including those from China and Peninsular Malaysia to purchase bird’s nest directly from our farmers.

“The price of bird’s nest has recovered a bit, although it is still low compared to its price of RM5,000 per kilogramme before the ban,” said Thian Leong, adding that another factor for the low price was abundance of supply.

Swiftlet farms can be seen across Sarawak, especially in the rural areas of the state’s central region. Sarawak Bird’s Nest Import and Export Association – touted as the oldest bird’s nest traders guild in Malaysia – now has more than 100 members, the majority of whom are from Sibu and Mukah.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Export Sarang Burung Walit Indonesia

TEMPO.COJakarta -Realisasi perdagangan sarang walet Indonesia ke Tiongkok, pada Januari-Mei 2015 tercatat mencapai 5,2 juta dolar AS, sejak perdagangan sarang walet ke Tiongkok dibuka pada 29 Januari. 

"Jumlah tersebut berasal dari ekspor enam perusahaan walet di Indonesia. Jumlah itu sangat bagus, mengingat kita baru ekspor Januari silam, tidak berbeda jumlahnya dengan Malaysia yang mencapai enam juta dolar AS dari 14 perusahaan," kata Atase Perdagangan RI di Beijing Dandy Iswara kepada Antara, Jumat.

Dandy Iswara menambahkan"kualitas sarang walet kita memang lebih bagus. Dan ini yang perlu dipertahankan bahkan ditingkatkan di masa datang. Fakta tersebut juga dapat memotivasi para pengusaha sarang walet Indonesia untuk semakin berani dan percaya diri memasuki pasar Tiongkok,". 

Dia mengusulkan para pengusaha juga memasarkan produk sarang waletnya melalui e-commerce atau jual beli secara online.

"Hal tersebutperlu dilakukan karena masyarakat Tiongkok yang sangat menggemari belanja online. Pada 2014 jumlah transaksi melalui online mencapai 2,2 triliun dolar AS. Sedangkan pada lima bulan pertama 2015 jumlah transaksi mencapai 715 miliar dolar AS atau tumbuh 20 persen dibandingkan periode sama tahun lalu," ungkapnya.

Untuk makin memperkenalkan sarang waletnya, Indonesia khusus menampilkan sarang walet pada pameran makanan impor internasional di Beijing pada 3-5 Juli 2015.

"Kita membuka booth dan hanya menampilkan sarang walet, sebagai salah satu produk premium Indonesia untuk Tiongkok," ujar Dandy.

Ada perusahaan sarang walet yang terlibat dalam pameran tersebut yakin Adi Purnama Mranathajaya, Esta Indonesia, CV Sumber Alam dan PT Walet Kembar Lestari.

Di booth yang berbeda tampil pula PT Mulia Boga Raya, produsen keju. Indonesia dan Tiongkok sepakat untuk memantapkan perdagangan sarang burung walet setelah kegiatan ekspor-impor komoditas tersebut dibuka kembali pada 29 Januari 2015 menandai 65 tahun hubungan kedua negara.

Indonesia terbesar

Pada kesempatan terpisah Dirjen Kantor Administrasi Sertifikasi dan Akreditasi Tiongkok (CNCA) Gu Shaoping mengatakan Indonesia merupakan produsen terbesar sarang walet untuk pasar Tiongkok selain Malaysia dan beberapa negara lain di ASEAN.

"Tetapi karena sesuatu hal maka pada Agustus 2011 CNCA menutup sementara pembelian sarang walet dari Indonesia, namun akhirnya setelah melalui proses panjang, akhirnya kedua pihak sepakat untuk membuka kembali perdagangan langsung sarang walet antara Indonesia dan Tiongkok," tuturnya.

Kini, telah ada enam perusahaan Indonesia yang diberikan izin oleh CNCA untuk melakukan ekspor sarang walet ke Tiongkok, kata Gu Shaoping menambahkan.

Indonesia sebagai produsen harus mampu menjaga kepercayaan pasar Tiongkok terhadap standar keamanan pangan atas produk sarang walet yang dihasilkan, katanya.

Ketua Bidang Perdagangan Asosiasi Peternak dan Pedagang Sarang Walet Indonesia Boedhi Mranata mengatakan pihaknya menjamin produk yang dihasilkan telah melalui rangkaian uji standar keamanan pangan yang ditetapkan Tiongkok.

"Di Indonesia ada ratusan prosesor, namun hanya delapan yang dinyatakan sesuai standar keamanan pangan Tiongkok, meski kemudian hanya enam perusahaan yang dinyatakan layak untuk mendapat izin ekspor sarang walet ke Tiongkok. Ini membuktikan bahwa Indonesia juga sangat selektif, dan komitmen untuk menghasilkan produk berkualitas," katanya. 

Ekspor perdana tersebut diyakini akan menjadi momentum peternak dan pengusaha sarang burung walet untuk meningkatkan produksi. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New standards for safe nitrite levels in bird’s nest

CYBERJAYA: The Department of Standards Malaysia is developing edible bird’s nests production standards and test methods to determine the safe levels of nitrite content for consumption and to meet stringent export requirements for China’s market.

Director-general Datuk Fadilah Baharin said a comprehensive study was being conducted by the department along with the Health Ministry.

The new standards are expected to be introduced by the end of next year, she added.

China had banned the import of unprocessed swiftlet nests from Malaysia before for allegedly having high nitrate content.

However, the export of bird’s nests in processed forms or ready-to-eat jelly or drinks (in bottles) was not affected, she said in an interview.

Currently, only 50% of swiftlet farming companies were able to export bird’s nests to China, she said.

She added that “with the introduction of the standards, we expect that up to 90% of the companies could export their products.”

Fadilah said the standard swiftlet farming initiated by Standards Malaysia since 2010 were the first of its kind in the world.

The development of standards of raw bird’s nests for authentication, quality, grading, packaging and labelling started three years ago, she said.

She said besides China, the Malaysian swiftlet nest industry also targeted new markets including Hong Kong, Japan and Italy to capitalise on rising demand. — Bernama

Good quality edidble nest from Malaysia
High stardard of processing facilities and practices of strict hygience and sanitation
The best quality of cave nest from Baram cave located in Borneo.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Authenticity of Edible Bird's Nest

Authenticity of Edible Bird's Nest

In recent years, there has been increasing reports of fake edible bird’s nests.  Starting in the 1990s, the first comprehensive report on authentication of edible bird's nests were published.  These reports demonstrated the possibility to use scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis, flame atomic emission spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and other physico-chemical techniques to determine the authenticity of edible bird's nest. These tests were difficult to run, expensive and only worked on some of the substances used to imitate birds nests. Recently, a China based research team developed a simple but accurate and reliable spectrophotometry method to determine edible bird's nest content. The method is based on the reaction between N-acetylneuramic acid and ninhydrin in acid solution. The method evaluates the internal content of N-acetylneuramic acid, a nine-carbon sugars, which is one of the major components in edible bird's nest.

About the Author:   

Christopher W. Runckel, a former senior US diplomat who served in many counties in Asia, is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Lewis and Clark Law School. He served as Deputy General Counsel of President Gerald Ford’s Presidential Clemency Board. Mr. Runckel is the principal and founder of Runckel & Associates, a Portland, Oregon based consulting company that assists businesses expand business opportunities in Asia. (

Until April of 1999, Mr. Runckel was Minister-Counselor of the US Embassy in Beijing, China. Mr. Runckel lived and worked in Thailand for over six years. He was the first permanently assigned U.S. diplomat to return to Vietnam after the Vietnam War. In 1997, he was awarded the U.S. Department of States highest award for service, the Distinguished Honor Award, for his contribution to improving U.S.-Vietnam relations. Mr. Runckel is one of only two non-Ambassadors to receive this award in the 200-year history of the U.S. diplomatic service.