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Malaysia: Two officials holding press conference in China are fake

08-18-2011 14:51 BJT

Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar, Vice Minister Cai Zhiyong said that the Ministry did not send officials to China "clarify" Bird's Nest's problem of excessive nitrite, and that they have asked the Malaysian Embassy in China to conduct a thorough investigation into "fake Malaysian officials" who held news conference in China. 

On July 26, in response to the report that excessive toxic chemical found in imported edible bird's nests in China's Zhejiang Province, the so-called "government and industry officials" from Malaysia held a press conference in the capital city of Hangzhou on July 26, purporting that blood-red cubilose on the Chinese market was genuine and safe as the nitrite can be removed after hours of soaking.

Ironically, the government organizations and agencies these "officials" claimed to represent do not exist.

News Review:

-- Excessive toxic chemical found in imported edible bird's nests

The quality watchdog in east China's Zhejiang Province has found excessive amounts of chemical nitrite in cubilose, or edible bird's nests, once again raising concerns over food safety in China.

However, the poisonous food was not locally produced, but imported from Malaysia.

The Zhejiang Provincial Administration for Industry and Commerce said at a press conference on Monday that the amount of nitrite in the blood-red cubilose was "gravely above the permitted standard" and poses threats to consumers' health.

Spot checks on blood-red cubilose, a rare type of edible bird's nests, from 491 dealers in Zhejiang have shown that nitrite levels average 4,400 mg per kg, far above the allowed cap of 70 mg per kg.

The blood-red cubilose sold on the local market is mostly imported from Malaysia, a major producer and exporter of edible bird's nests, according to the administration.

Edible bird's nests, mostly made of the secretion from the salivary glands of birds, is an expensive delicacy and have been used in Chinese cooking for hundreds of years, and are traditionally believed to provide various health benefits.


Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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