Taiwan tightens checks on food exported to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Taiwan has tightened the inspection and monitoring of exported food to ensure all products that enter Malaysia are free from maleic acid.

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia deputy representative Lin Min-li said they were also working closely with the Health Ministry to ensure all food products from the island were safe to be consumed.

Malaysia has recently suspended the import of 11 maleic acid-tainted food products from Taiwan, including "pearls" that are used in bubble tea.

A Health Ministry's statement posted on its website said that effective June 20, starch-based foodstuff from Taiwan must obtain a Certificate of Analysis issued by laboratories accredited by Taiwan Food and Drug Administration.

Lin admitted that Taiwan's food industry was badly affected by the maleic acid case.

In order to regain local consumers' confidence, they are bringing in a list of time-honoured brands for the 2013 Malaysian International Food and Beverage Trade Fair.

The three-day event will be held at Putra World Trade Centre here from Thursday, but only the last day will be opened to the public.