Friday, June 21, 2013

Bird's nests ban lifted with condition

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.

1. Plant must must be constructed according to GMP
2. Full understanding of HACCP & implementation
3. Good traceability system in place
4. Effective ways to eliminate nitrite during processing.
5. Well prepared for the audit & good documentation system.

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.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the resumption of the export came after nine companies had been given the "passed with condition" status.

He added that two other companies were granted the "only passed after modification" status and four companies failed the audit that was conducted by China.

The nine companies are Sunshine Region Sdn Bhd; PT Swiftlet Marketing Sdn Bhd; Tian Ma Bird Nest Sdn Bhd; Kuan Wellness Sdn Bhd; Wing Shen Food Industries Sdn Bhd; Fucifagus Agritech Sdn Bhd; Yan Ming Resources Sdn Bhd; Golden Mah Bird's Nest Sdn Bhd; and Yen Pao Lai (M) Sdn Bhd.

The two other companies are Multiform Food Supply Co. Sdn Bhd; and Biogrow Resources Sdn Bhd, and the remaining four that failed the audit were Dama Jing Yi Yanwo Sdn Bhd; Amity AKF Enterprise Sdn Bhd; Sai Kim Enterprise Sdn Bhd; and Swallow House Enterprise.

"The condition given in the efforts to restore the exportation of bird's nests to the country is a compulsory registration with the China National Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA)," Ismail Sabri said yesterday.

The temporary ban on local bird's nests exported to China was placed in July 2011, after having found that the quality of the bird's nests imported to the republic did not comply with the permissible nitrite level.

The red coloured nest or cave nest was found to contain more than 1,000 parts per million (ppm) level of nitrite which was unsafe for human consumption.

He said for the first batch, 20 processing plants had submitted their applications and with the filtering done by the Veterinary Services Department, 15 applications were sent to China on March 6, this year.

Following the submission to CNCA, Ismail Sabri said an audit team comprising of six auditors from the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) came to Malaysia on April 9 and conducted a 10-day audit on the 15 processing plants.

"On Tuesday, a report from the AQSIQ authorities outlined the results from the audit process and the nine companies (passed but with conditions) had to further improve their plants and the approval of the rectification conducted by the companies was done by the ministry and sent to China."

As for the two other companies with the "only passed after modification" certification, he said the companies must take corrective actions before they are re-audited.

"A report on the improvements that have been done will be presented to China and another round of auditing will be conducted before approval status is given to them."

Read more: Bird's nests ban lifted with condition - General - New Straits Times

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