June 23, 2009 14:47 PM

Malaysia: Adhere To Safety Standards, Food Industries Told

Source of Article:  http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsgeneral.php?id=420052

PETALING JAYA, June 23 (Bernama) -- Food industries in Malaysia must play an important role in ensuring food products produced by them adhere to safety standards set by the government as well as by importing countries, Director General of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said Tuesday.

"Industries must be more innovative, imaginative and display the willingness to implement food safety programmes and reform as they would greatly benefit, he said when opening the Malaysian Institute of Food Technology (MIFT) Seminar and Workshop here.

Mohd Ismail said the Health Ministry had taken steps in improving and ensuring all food industries implement food safety assurances which includes the adoption of risk based regulatory framework, policies, enforcement and standard setting.

For example, he said the Food Hygiene Regulation 2009 requires that all industries implement food safety assurance system, where it would boost the implementation of such a system including Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

"The GMP Certification Scheme was launched by the ministry in Dec 2006 to assist food industries in fulfilling food safety requirements as well as consumer demands.

"The ministry is now promoting the implementation of GMP to food industries by increasing the awareness of the system as well as its benefits," he added.

Mohd Ismail said requirements of importing countries are also changing and in the wake of these challenges, the industries themselves must play and an even more important role in ensuring food safety.




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