Monday, June 24, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Personally, I think the industry had learned a lot from this audit. The next 2nd audit would be easier, because we know what kind of standard China want an EBN processing plant would be. Listed below are the findings and my recommendation.
Here is the report from News Straight Times on nine EBN plant passed the audit by China recently.
PUTRAJAYA: The temporary ban on Malaysian bird's nests has been lifted by China, but with conditions.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Since 2011, the Malaysian government has been engaged in discussions with their counterpart in China in trying to resolve the issue. We are pleased to say that the total ban will be soon with the signing of an export protocol on 19th September 2012 between the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MoA) Malaysia and the Chinese Government.
The Export Protocol prescribes certain terms and conditions which our exporters must comply with, including auditing by the China NationalCertification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA). Since then, two Processing Plants in Sarawak have been audited last may by CNCA and are awaiting the outcome which hopefully will allow them to resume exports to China. In addition, the Government does not delay issuing export permit but first China has to issue import permit. It is against the procedure to issue export permit without first seeing the import permit from the importing country.
There is no restriction to export to other countries; however the market need to be explore further so that we not only export to China.
There is also very huge opportunity to do bottling and branding for local consumption as well for export. Look at Tongkat Ali, Red Bull, Malta etc. and the very successfull Coca Cola brand globally.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
WHILE Malaysia fought admirably to topple the anti-palm oil campaigns such as the Nutella Tax proposal in France and the palm oil labelling issue in Australia last year, more smearing campaigns instigated by Western NGOs and green activists are set to crop up this year.
Of particular interest would be the possible introduction of new trade barriers targeted specificially at palm oil by several member countries within the European Union (EU).
Market observers, including the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), are saying that 2013 would see a dangerous new tide of trade regulations, red tape and protectionism that would jeopardise the market access of palm oil and other vegetable oils into the EU.
The EU governments are now legislating their food standard policy in which palm oil, in particular, is being attacked both on the health and sustainability fronts.
In France, the false claims on palm oil's alleged adverse impact on health and the environment being circulated in the French media continue to influence the minds of consumers there, despite the support for palm oil by French scientists and experts from the Centre for Agricultural Reseach for Development, the renowned Pasteur Institute and the French Foundation for Health and Nutrition.
What started in France last year has triggered a domino effect, whereby the safety concerns on palm oil are being heavily raised in Belgium and Switzerland.
In Belgium, the Constitutional Health Council is undertaking investigations on palmitic acid and is planning to publish a report outlining the fabricated dangers to the Belgian consumer's diet.
Also, similar to what had happened in France last year, several politicans in Switzerland are championing for a ban on using palm oil in certain districts.
According to the MPOC, the European Commission (EC) later this year would release a Communication on Sustainable Food believed to be the first step towards an EU policy outlining full environmental and sustainability standards for food consumed in the region.
The EC is also looking at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of food consumption, reducing the land use of food imports, incentivising the improvement of resource efficiency and food security and reducing water usage in agriculture.
In view of all these, will Malaysia, as one of the world's largest producers of palm oil, take a stand at the World Trade Organisation should the EU introduce its discriminatory sustainable food standards later this year?
Ironically, all this is happening at the onset of oil palm being extensively cultivated in new frontiers such as Africa, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar with the noble intention of generating income and eradicating poverty among smallholders and farmers.
Given the growing world population and per capita income, it has been projected that palm oil demand would continue to increase from 45 million tonnes in 2010 to 60 million tonnes in 2015, and hitting a whopping 75 milllion tonnes in 2020.
In terms of yield, palm oil production is one-tenth more than other oilseed rivals such as soybean oil and rapeseed oil, making it far more economical to produce crude palm oil.