PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and Veterinary Services Department (DVS) will be sending representatives to China to explain the actual situation on the bird flu outbreak in Kelantan and the measures that have been taken to tackle it.
"Hopefully, the outcome of this visit will help China withdraw its temporary ban on the export of Raw Clean Swiftlet Birds' Nest from Malaysia and to allow it to be exported to China," DVS said in a statement.
It added that following the temporary ban, the DVS had immediately sent two letters to the Chinese authorities to explain the situation.
"Among others, the letters explained that the outbreak was only limited to certain places in one state," it said.
It added that the source of Raw Clean Swiftlet Birds' Nest products for export were from swiftlet nests located outside Kelantan.
"The source of supply can be traced through a system used by the DVS," it said.
It said the processing plant also used heat treatment which met the requirements set by China during times of disease, which was to heat the products to core temperatures reaching 70 degrees Celcius and maintained for 3.5 seconds.
Last year, Malaysia exported 20.15 metric tonnes of the product worth RM134.13mil to China. - Bernama.