MALACCA: Malaysia will have its own exclusive agency to regulate food safety, functioning just like United States’ Food and Drug Administration.
The present Food Safety and Quality department under the purview of the Health Ministry will be renamed as Food Safety Authority (FSA) and empowered with more clouts in protecting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, dietary supplements and biopharmaceuticals products.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramananiam said the FSA would function as an autonomy department to enhance effectiveness and diversify the service provided by FSA to complement the global pursue in ensuring quality food.
“FSA will apply systematic, scientific approaches in dealing with food safety.
“This will also lead to better food safety for consumers and facilitate food trade between the rest of the world,” he said after opening the National Level World Health Celebration 2015 at a shopping complex here on Wednesday.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah were also present at the celebration themed as “Food Safety - From Farm to Plate”.
He said FSA would monitor the whole process of the food chain from the raw materials until the food was served to the consumer to avoid contamination and other aspect of food safety.
“The FSA will give a great impact especially in maintaining high degree of health level among Malaysians and on the trade of our edible products,” he said.
Dr Subramaniam said that his ministry was serious in ensuring food items being consumed were safe from any contaminations.
He noted that 17,651 cases of food poisonings were reported last year which was higher than 14,202 cases in 2013 and 13,182 in 2012.
In another development, Dr Subra said that his ministry would improve the quality of Mobile Health Service I Malaysia (KB1M) for the benefit of rural folks.
”I have requested for more allocation for KB1M to procure more versatile vehicles to cover rural areas and find ways to amend any weakness in the service,” he said.
Dr Subramaniam was earlier asked to comment on KB1M after Auditor-General’s report identified several weaknesses in the mobile health service.