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Wednesday March 16, 2011
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
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
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