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Friday, June 11, 1999

Ministry to scrutinise origins of all products

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will study every report on the origin of products given by importers affected by the dioxin crisis, Health Ministry control division director Datin Dr Harisson Aziz Shahbudin said yesterday.

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.

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NOT FOR SALE ... health inspector Hamid Che Rose sealing a box of dairy products that had been taken off the shelves in Penang yesterday.
Other officials were from the French trade commission, Spanish Economics and Commerce office, Customs and Excise department and International Trade and Industry Ministry.

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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