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. (www.business-in-asia.com)

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.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Malaysia’s bird’s nest industry set to soar

KUCHING: Malaysia will be able to export 10 tonnes of raw clean bird’s nests to China monthly once the number of processing plants in the country reaches 40 according to Federation of Malaysia Bird’s Nest Industry Merchants Associations president Dato Lee Kong Heng said in the first batch, eight processing plants in the country had already been accredited by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA).

While  the second batch, 11 others await accreditation by CNCA, 13 others were in the midst of submitting their applications to CNCA for third batch and 10 more were expected to be constructed in a year, he added.

“This industry is going to see a better position in the near future as we are optimistic that the nine or elevent processing plants would receive their official appointments by CNCA soon. The level of confidence on our raw clean bird’s nests among Chinese consumers has risen, and this is definitely good news for our processing plants,” he told a press conference before chairing the federation’s 8th annual general meeting at M Hotel here yesterday.

Ever since CNCA accredited the eight processing plants in April last year, Malaysia accumulated export of raw clean bird’s nests to China hit eight tonnes (valued RM64 million). Lee said it was only since early this year that the export volume had been picking up.

To a question, Lee said the market value for raw clean bird’s nest was about RM8,000 per kilogramme, not including import tax.

According to him, raw unclean bird’s nests in Malaysia were currently below its market value. The federation hoped to hike up the value with China and Malaysia collaborating on the export.

“We are hoping to get some results on the export of raw unclean bird’s nests soon. It is also hoped the price will increase and that such a move will benefit our ranches.

“We want those who are interested in the industry to hang in there because there is still hope. With more processing plants coming up, industry players will stay more competitive.”

Meanwhile, secretary Dato Tiger Lee said the federation would also work on expanding export market to Europe and the United States.

He added the federation would collaborate with the relevant ministries to materialise the export market expansion so as to promote sales.

“All our processing plants have engaged more workers by doubling the number. As such, our productions will double in the future.”

In Sarawak alone, there are three bird’s nest processing plants audited by CNCA in July 2014 last year– two in Kuching and the other one in Mukah. All facilities are among the elevent plants awaiting final accreditation.

It was understood that at least between RM1 million and RM2 million would be required to set up a processing plant.

Among those present were federation deputy president Allen Tan, vice president Liw Chong Liong and assistant secretary Phang Kam Wah.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/06/29/malaysias-birds-nest-industry-set-to-soar/#ixzz3eRux3KVD

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The best EBN from Baram Cave

The best ever quality EBN is from Baram cave. The price was as high as RM8,000 per kg of raw un-clean EBN

Monday, June 8, 2015

Quality Edible Bird' Nest from Malaysia

 Malaysia aims to produce high quality Edible Bird' Nest for world consumption. The food safety and traceability system for the industry is one of the best in the world.

Malaysian edible bird nest products maker plans US$30m Nasdaq IPO

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Swiftlet Eco Park Holdings Sdn Bhd, one of the country's largest makers of products developed from edible bird nests, said on Monday that it plans to list on the Nasdaq stock market.

The company aims to raise US$30mil through the offering of a 30% stake and the listing is expected within 18 to 24 months, chief executive CH Tan told reporters after signing an agreement with New York's QMIS Finance Securities Corp, its consulting partner for the IPO.

Swiftlet Eco makes coffee, skin care products, puddings and candies with nests made from swiftlets' saliva, a delicacy that has been popular in China for its alleged health benefits for hundreds of years.

The IPO proceeds will be used to fund its market expansion in Middle East, Europe and the United States, according to Tan. - Reuters

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Koperasi Walit Sarawak Berhad (Dalam Penubuhan)

Koperasi Sarang Burung Walit  Sarawak Berhad (koWalit Sarawak) telah menganjurkan Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan penubuhan pertama koperasi  pada 24 Mei 2015 di Hotel 56, Kuching yang telah dihadiri lebih 68 orang bakal ahli. Tujuan utama penubuhan koperasi adalah:
1. Untuk menjamin kepentingan ahli terpelihara dalam industri walit, dilindungi dan diwarisi.
2. Memberi pendedahan terkini kepada ahli ahli berkenaan pasaran dan peluang perniagaan.
3. Menyatukan tenaga, dana dan kepakaran dalam memajukan industri walit.

Aktiviti utama koperasi adalah:
1. Menganjur kursus, Latihan, promosi dan roadshow.
2. Rundingcara & khidmat nasihat
3. Pemprosesan & import export
4. Projek ternakan walit , pertanian & agro-pelancongan
5. Pemasaran & peruncitan
6. Pencetakan & penerbitan.

Keahlian adalah terbuka kepada semua pengusaha walit diseluruh negeri Sarawak kecuali Kapit. Sasaran untuk mendapat minimum 100 orang ahli dengan yuran kemasukkan RM100 dan syer RM1000 setiap ahli.

Untuk keterangan lanjut sila hubungi Ms Calsline di talian tel: 082- 368668 di alamat  No. 698 D 1st Flr 
Tabuan Square Commercial Centre 
Lorong Keranji 4F Jln Keranji 
93350 Kuching Sarawak atau email asagrow@gmail.com