The govt. but to arrange a particular company to enhance meals safety regardless of it being a recurring concern
by HAJAR UMIRA MD ZAKI
FOOD safety is a recurring concern in Malaysia, particularly throughout festive seasons the place livestocks are in excessive demand.
Agriculture and Meals Safety Deputy Minister Chan Foong Hin stated within the Parliament final month that the federal government remains to be organising a particular company to enhance meals safety in Malaysia.
Not too long ago, he up to date that the Federal Agriculture Advertising Authority is main the research of the institution of the company and discussions are underway because it includes varied sectors as effectively.
Nevertheless, he additional asserted that nothing has been finalised.
Throughout the current Malaysia Worldwide Meals and Beverage Commerce Honest 2023, The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) spoke to a number of native members relating to the problems that concerned meals safety in Malaysia and Asia.
Airgro Sdn Bhd director and co-founder Kenneth Chai stated among the many ongoing challenges for meals safety in Malaysia is the dependency of imported merchandise similar to rice and rooster from the neighbouring international locations like Thai- land, which additionally includes points of worldwide meals costs and provide disruptions.
He stated Malaysia ought to have the ability to produce half of the imported meals regionally as land is plentiful.
Chai added that there’s a false impression among the many public that the way forward for agriculture in Malaysia is unsure, therefore it will not be a helpful section to enterprise into.
“To sort out and enhance the nation’s meals safety, Airgro is at present underway to develop imported merchandise regionally.
“Think about, quickly we might have the ability to lower off 10% of imported greens as we might have them grown regionally. We will even export them,” he advised TMR.
Concerning the federal government’s particular meals safety company, Chai stated it must additionally contact on meals sovereignty to make sure Malay- sia can produce and distribute meals to its folks with out having one other nation management the mechanisms and insurance policies of our meals manufacturing and distribution.
Other than the dependency on imports, meals wastage can be one of many challenges confronted in tackling meals safety in Malaysia, therefore organising a particular company is a good suggestion, stated Supplybunny Sdn Bhd CEO Tham Keng Yew.
Nevertheless, he was of the opinion that enforcement ought to be enhanced to make sure robust rules could be efficient in addressing meals wastage within the nation.
“We want folks to take accountability for his or her actions and perceive that if the principles are damaged, they are going to be held accountable.
“When the grassroots are coated, then we will begin to sort out extra superior points,” he stated to TMR.
The setup of the particular company in enhancing the meals safety in Malaysia shall be in collaboration with different ministries and their companies, to make sure its holistic method. — TMR
- This text first appeared in The Malaysian Reserve weekly print version