Gerakan urges MOH to stop the export of low-quality food products

GERAKAN has urged the Health Ministry (MOH) and its minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa to buckle up and stop the export of poor-quality products to countries like Singapore where the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has recalled two Malaysian-made mooncakes due to the detection of high levels of bacteria that could potentially lead to food poisoning.The two brands pulled from the shelves are Joymom’s Musang King Snowskin mooncake and Single Yolk Lotus Paste Baked mooncake. The agency directed the importers Taste Right Pte Ltd and Fragrance Foodstuff Pte Ltd to recall the products.On Sept 2, the SFA also ordered the recall of Hand Flower Brand Soy Sauce due to the presence of benzoic acid, which is a food additive. The agency stated in a media release on the same date that it detected benzoic acid in the implicated product at levels exceeding the regulatory limit for sauces stated in the Singapore Food Regulations.Gerakan pointed out that it is shameful that such incidents are happening under the reign of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim adding that the SFA is proving to be more sensitive about food safety and the health of the people than the MOH.“Anwar’s government should be more careful about matters involving the health of the people. Gerakan advises Dr Zaliha to take firm action on this matter and hopes to review the guidelines for food preparation, especially involving exports to foreign countries because it can bring down Malaysia’s image.“Anwar’s government must ensure that incidents like this do not happen again, several policies need to be considered in developing a comprehensive food security strategy framework from examples of availability, accessibility, consumption and stability of food,” it said in a Facebook statement. – Oct 1, 2023

Subscribe and get top news delivered to your Inbox everyday for FREE