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Saturday, June 12, 1999

Chua: No compromise on tainted food items

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  • KUALA TERENGGANU: The Government is prepared to lift the ban on meat and dairy products from European countries if the manufacturers can provide certificates issued by their authorities that the food items are free of dioxin contamination.

    Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said the Government was very concerned over the people's health and safety and would not compromise on the issue.

    "The Government has to safeguard its people from exposure to dioxin which could lead to serious health problems including cancer," he said after the opening ceremony of the state MCA building by MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik here yesterday.

    He said European countries should be transparent in the issue by giving correct reports to their consumer countries in Asia including Malaysia when the contamination started.

    "Our first priority is to protect our citizens, then only will we consider trade relationship," he said.

    Asked when the ban would be lifted, he said it would depend on how fast the countries reacted to solve the problem and provide valid certificates from their authorities that their products were free from dioxin.





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