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Wednesday March 16, 2011

No disruption in food supply

PUTRAJAYA: The supply of meat and fish in Malaysia will not be affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar.

Food supply in the country remained steady despite the twin disasters in Japan as most of the meat is imported from Australia, New Zealand and India,” he said.

His ministry and the Health Ministry will work together to monitor food imported from Japan for signs of radiation contamination.

“All food products entering Malaysia have to be safe for consumption under the Food Act,” he said after launching the National Dual Training System course for farmers here yesterday.

Meanwhile, industry players said all Japanese food products in supermarkets and restaurants are safe for consumption.

Japanese restaurant Rakuzen manager Wendy Chan said its food stock arrived several months before the earthquake in Japan.

“Our stock comes from Hokkaido and so far there is no shortage.”

Sushi Kin Sdn Bhd executive director Law Hwee Ching said that their stock had come early this month.

“We do not expect any impact from the crisis as our supplies will last for one to two months,” she said, adding that the company mostly imported non-perishable items like noodles and seasoning.

Shojikiya Sdn Bhd, which has Japanese product speciality stores, said their stock will last a month.

“We’re working with our suppliers to ensure all products are radiation- free,” said administration manager Lee Yit Siew.

Village Grocer manager Foo Eng Keat said he anticipated a worldwide stock shortage after the natural disasters.

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