Friday, June 11, 1999
Ministry to scrutinise origins of all products
She said every importer must now get the certificates of assurance from the relevant embassies before sending them to the Health Ministry for checks.
"We will study each of them on a case-by-case basis," she told reporters after meeting various embassy and high commission officials at her office.
Those who attended the meeting were from the Finland trade centre, British High Commission, embassies of Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, France, and Germany.
Dr Harisson advised the foreign missions to provide details regarding the transport of foodstuff to Malaysia prior to Jan 1 so that clearance could be given to dioxin-free products.
British High Commission official David C. Broom said his office had received a letter from the Belgian government informing them that none of Belgian exports had been sent to Britain.
Malaysian Food and Beverage Executive Association president Steve Ng said the association advised its members to check the origin of their foodstuff.
He said the members have been asked to get proper documentation from importers to comply with Health Ministry's requirements.
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