Malaysia on track to meet EU standards


Neil Ray, SeafoodSource contributing editor, reporting from Bangkok

Published on
February 22, 2009

Malaysia is making progress in meeting the food-safety standards set by the European Union.

The country's seafood industry expects to meet those standards and get the anticipated approval from the EU in the near future, according to Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin, Malaysia's agriculture and food industries minister.

Seafood companies have made adjustments to their operations following a June 2008 European Union ban on Malaysian seafood products. Speaking at a function in Sabah, Nouth Borneo, Hussin told reporters on Friday that his agency is implementing new measures to improve the safety of freezing and storage processes.

He also said that currently there is no immediate urgency to carry out these improvements, since Malaysia could rely on business from other countries such as China and Hong Kong.

He did admit, however, that eventually all countries worldwide would demand seafood that meets the food-safety standards set by the European Union and the United States.

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