Monday, September 3, 2012

‘China’s RFID requirement nothing to worry about’

KUCHING: Birdhouse owners in Sarawak are advised not to be worried about China’s Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) requirement for the export of bird’s nests.

Malacca Bird’s Nest Merchant s Association president John Chen said the RFID requirement was only for the processing of the nests and not the birdhouse.

He added that RFID was only needed if the bird’s nests were for export to China.
“ I hope that Sarawak birdhouse owners are not worried about the requirement and to support the Federation of Malaysia Bird’s Nest Merchants Association president Datuk Tok Teng Sai in helping those in the industry.”
He said Tok would join Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar to Naning, China, for the signing of the protocol for entry of cleaned bird’s nests into China.

Chen said that firstly the protocol was for the acceptance of five per cent clean product export and the second was for the 95 per cent raw material export.

At the moment, the deal with China is for the clean product export with 30 ppm nitrate levels.
The RFID tag allows a product to be easily tracked from the source to the consumer.

The tag contains a microchip embedded with details about the harvest.
The federation has 27 registered bird’s nest association members, of which four are from Sarawak.

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