Food Safety in Malaysia ( Dr. Abdul Rahim bin Mohamad )

Malaysia’s Food Safety System “The Malaysia food safety system is characterized by its complexity and diversity; with different authority entrusted with the task of ensuring food safety at different stages of the food chain”

FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN

Supply of A gricultural Inputs e.g Fertilizers, pesticides,animal feeding stuffs, veterinary drugs

Primary Production

e.g. farmers, fisherman, fish farmers

Primary Food Processing

e.g on farm, dairi es, abbatoirs, grain mi ll s

Secondary Food Processing

e.g. canning, freezing, drying, brewing

Food Retailing/ Food C atering

e.g. r estaur ants, street foods, hospitals, schools su permarkets, shops

Food D istribution

e.g. nati onal/international, im port/export

Domestic Food

Production

MOH/MOA

MOH/ MOA/JAKI M

Local Government

MOA

MOH/JAKI M

Local Government

MOH/ MITI /MOD T/

Cus toms/Local Govt.

MOH/MODT/JAKI M

Local Government

MOH/

Local Government

Midstream

Upstream

Downstream

Food Import

• The importation of food from foreign countries is overseen by the

– Ministry of Health( Food Inspectors at entry points)

– Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) for meat

– Fishery Department for life fish and fish

Food Export

• Certification (Health Cert., Free Sale etc) for exported food including fish & fish products are issued by Ministry of Health( Food Safety & Quality) based on requirements by importing countries or by the exporters for the purpose of getting letter of credit (LC).

• Certification for live fish is by Fishery Department; meat by DVS and plants/vegetables by DOA respectively.

• In 2002, Malaysia food export amounted to about RM7.4 billion. (Euro 1.5billion)

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