Saturday, September 22, 2012

Noh: China drops RFID from protocol on bird’s nest export Read more: from protocol on birds nest export.

PUTRAJAYA: China has agreed that Malaysian swiftlet farmers use technology other than Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), one of the conditions for the export of bird’s nest to the country.

Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar said yesterday RFID (to identify the origin of bird’s nest) will be dropped from articles 8 and 9 of the protocol on the export of Malaysian bird’s nest to China.

However, the Chinese government decided that a traceability system be implemented by Malaysia starting from the swiftlet farms up to export stage.
“China wants traceability because if any problem occurs, it will help them know from which birdhouse the bird’s nest come from,” he told reporters here.

Noh said the approval was given by the Minister of General Administration Department for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ), Zhi Shupi in a letter yesterday in response to the ministry letter dated September 7 seeking clarification on several matters, including RFID.
Swiftlet farmers associations had protested against the use of RFID claiming it was not practical and would affect business.

Noh said several associations had requested that raw, unclean bird’s nest be allowed export to China and included in the protocol.
However, China only allows the export of raw, clean bird’s nest.
“The door is still open and we will continue to discuss so that raw, unclean bird’s nest can be exported to China,” he added.
Malaysia and China will sign a protocol on conditions for the export of bird’s nest to China on Sept 19 in China. — Bernama

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