PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has started investigating claims that shrimp and prawns from Malaysia contained traces of nitrofurans and chloramphenicol in shipments to the United States, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
“We are investigating it,” said Dr Hisham, adding that he did not want to speculate on the details yet.
“The agency has requested that the Malaysian Government investigate the cause of the residue problem and develop a programme of short-term and long-term actions to prevent the export of violative shrimp from Malaysia to the United States,” the FDA said in a statement.
Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association secretary-general Datuk Paul Selvaraj has urged the Government to put emphasis on food safety.
“More frequent tests should be conducted by the Government for the safety of the consumers,” he said.
Similar to FDA, Paul believes that the Government should also ban unsafe food for the safety of Malaysian consumers.
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