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Friday, June 11, 1999

RM1.85mil worth of foodstuff awaiting certification

KUALA LUMPUR: Health authorities have seized and sealed RM1.85mil worth of foodstuff, primarily meat and milk products, at points of entry since the ban on EU foodstuff was announced on Wednesday.

Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said yesterday the foodstuff had been sealed pending certification that they are dioxin-free by their country of origin.

"We still require time to clear all the banned products from the shelves.

"However, we are talking with the affected groups to ensure that the supply is completely cut off from the market," he told reporters after opening the ministry's dialogue with non-governmental organisations yesterday.

Chua said the situation was under control but advised consumers to remain alert when buying products. "Once we can certify the goods are dioxin-free, then they can be returned to the market," he said.

Chua said information from the International Trade and Industry Ministry had stated that since January RM36.8mil worth of foodstuff were imported from EU countries including 3.6 million kilograms of meat and meat products worth RM19.46mil.

"Milk and milk by-products worth RM16.43mil (3.17 million kg) and RM936,00 worth of eggs and dried egg products (84,296kg) were also imported," he said.





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