ASEAN, China vow increased cooperation in food safety
31 Oct 2007
Malaysia maintains stringent vigil on food imported from China following a spate of recalls and adverse publicity over China-made products, he said on the sidelines of a China-ASEAN ministerial meeting on food safety initiated by Beijing.
"They don''t mind because they are confident that 99 per cent of their products are safe," he said.
Malaysia had raised the monitoring of China food imports to the highest level and rejected 18 consignments of largely preserved food between January and August this year.
"This was only a small amount considering we import $700 million worth of food from China," said Chua.
"Malaysia is supportive of this effort to strengthen the safety of food imports and exports because it is very important for trade and social stability," Chua said.