PUTRAJAYA, Oct 14 – The Health Ministry says Malaysia does not import Ba Shu Hotpot or Ba Shu Lan Ren, an instant food product containing meat, from Chengdu, China. Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry’s Food Safety Information System (FoSIM) made the confirmation. He said all food imports into the country were subjected to provisions and regulations under the Food Act 1983.
“Based on FoSIM, there is no import of the food product into this country. The health ministry is constantly alert and takes note of issues that could be detrimental to the health of consumers,” he said in a statement today. Dr Noor Hisham was commenting on an article in The Straits Times, Singapore published on Oct 9 under the heading, ‘Import of Instant hotpot products containing meat not approved by AVA; importers fined and products seized’.
The press report stated that food products containing meat could only be imported into the republic from approved sources that had complied with the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) food-safety standards and requirements. AVA said such products could carry animal and food-borne diseases of public health and trade importance.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said consumers who required further information on the matter could contact the nearest district health office or state health department, or via http://moh.spab.gov.my or the Food Quality and Health Division’s facebook. — Bernama