China lifts ban on bird's nest imports to Malaysia

File Photo: Super grade bird nest

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - China has lifted its freeze on bird's nest imports from Malaysia, with approval granted to nine Malaysian companies to commence export of the delicacy to the republic.

Agriculture and Agro-based In-dustry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the General Administration of Quality Super-vision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) deemed that the nine companies have earned a "conditional pass" on the quality of their products.

"The processing companies were approved but need to carry out improvements.

"Verification of improvements by the companies will be done by Malaysian authorities and will be sent to the People's Republic of China, who in turn will accept and register the companies," he said in a statement yesterday.

The nine companies that were granted the conditional pass were 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.

Ismail said the verification of improvements that needed to be done would be carried out by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and the Food Quality and Safety Division of the Health Ministry.

"The DVS will call the nine companies to make sure every improvement as laid out by the PRC is implemented immediately," he said.

Two other companies that were audited by the AQSIQ meanwhile will only get approval after improving on their current operations.

Multiform Food Supply Co Sdn Bhd and Biogrow Resources Sdn Bhd have been told to implement improvements as recommended by the Chinese agency before being audited by Malaysian authorities.

Applications from four more companies - Dama Ding Ji Yanwo Sdn Bhd, Amity AKF Enterprise Sdn Bhd, Sai Kim Enterprise Sdn Bhd and Swallow House Enterprise - were rejected by China, although no reasons were given for the rejection.

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