Ministry wants fish products sent to US to be USFDA-compliant


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PETALING JAYA: All exporters of fishery products to the United States are to register immediately with the Health Ministry to facilitate compliance with the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).

The USFDA has scheduled an inspection mission from July 19 to 30 to ascertain the requirements of the aquaculture products for the US market were met, said a joint statement by the International Trade and Industry Minister and Health Minister.

They said the purpose of the mission was aimed to better understand and evaluate the antibiotic and chemical application regulatory system in aquaculture production in Malaysia, as well as the food safety controls in place.

The mission will involve the inspection of facilities for the entire aquaculture fishery product supply chain for the US market.

This include the processing establishments, aquaculture farms, traders/middlemen, retail/wholesale suppliers of veterinary drugs and feed used.

Malaysia’s total exports of fishery products to US was RM439.9mil in 2009 and RM680.9mil in 2008.

Registration can done by completing the form I/EE/US-1-09 Inform­ation on export establishment of fishery products to the United States. The form can be downloaded from http://fsq.moh.gov.my.

For further information, contact Food Safety and Quality division, Putrajaya, at 03-8883 3558/3505. - The Star

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