Friday, October 21, 2011
Two Chinese wholesalers halt sale of M’sian bird’s nests
TWO wholesalers who operate hundreds of outlets in Guangzhou, China, have removed Malaysian bird's nests from their shelves following a directive from the country's authorities, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.
The daily quoted Veterinary Services Department director-general Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin as describing the move as “serious”. “We must arrange for talks between representatives from both countries,” he said.
Dr Abdul Aziz said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed would represent Malaysia in the talks.
It was reported that Chinese authorities had been concerned over the excessive level of nitrite found in red bird's nests, widely known as blood nests, imported from Malaysia.
The daily also said Federation of Bird's Nest Merchants Association chairman Datuk Beh Heng Seong, who is now in Guangzhou, had expressed shock when he learned about the removal of bird's nests on Monday.
Posted by asa at 5:22 AM