Saturday, March 11, 2017

Protocol to export Raw Unclean

KUALA LUMPUR: The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is setting up a platform to ensure that raw and uncleaned edible bird’s nests (RUCEBN) which are exported to China comply with agreed standards, said its minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

He said the standards are under a protocol that was agreed upon during Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's visit to China recently.

Shabery said the platform will be completed in six months, and that all RUCEBN traders must comply with the regulations and meet requirements set under the protocol of inspection, quarantine and veterinary hygiene.

"In the past three to four years, we have seen cases where the exported products contained unsafe ingredients – but through the protocol, the Veterinary Services Department would set certain standards to be met before the products are sent to China.

"We will ensure that the products are of quality, as they (the traders) are required to comply with 35 terms and conditions set in the protocol," he said during Minister's Question Time in Parliament today.

Shabery was replying to Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (BN-Lenggong)’s question about the swiftlet bird export agreement with China after Najib's recent visit.

The protocol, Shabery said, will avoid the export of poor quality products and help traders generate sustainable income.