PUTRAJAYA, March 10: Six officials from China arrived here on Tuesday to audit Malaysia’s bird’s nests processing factories. The team is from the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) and it is expected to be in Malaysia for two weeks.
The audit is the first of two final steps to get Malaysian bird’s nests back in the market in China, which banned the imports of the delicacy in July 2011 following the discovery of high levels of nitrite in cleaned Malaysian bird’s nests.
The ban hit the local swiftlet industry hard as China was reportedly the biggest importer of Malaysia’s bird’s nest products, with a trading value of about RM1bil annually.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar said the audit would be on “raw clean” bird’s nests, adding that the officials would be auditing 15 factories in Selangor, Sarawak, Pahang, Malacca, Johor, Penang and Kedah.
They would submit their findings to the China Food Safety Authority, the agency that issues health certificates.
He said: “Whether our bird’s nests get to re-enter China would depend on their reports. We are doing our best to help local swiftlet farmers affected by the ban,” he told newsmen after meeting the officials here.
Datuk Seri Noh said the audit followed the signing of a protocol on the matter by Malaysian and Chinese authorities in September last year.
He added that Malaysia was the first bird’s nests-producing country in the region the officials were visiting. “They gave us the priority over others because we have a very good relationship with their government,” he said.
Source: The Star（布城9日讯）6名中国官员周一抵马检验燕窝工厂，并在未来两周实地考察15家燕窝工厂，以确定加工厂燕窝处理燕窝加工符合中国进口条件。