PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has debunked social media rumours that Australian honey of the Calpilano brand is toxic.
Director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah assured the public that the product is safe to consume.
"The ministry has received an explanation from the Australian High Commission in Malaysia assuring that all honey exported from Australia is safe," said Noor Hisham in a statement.
The High Commission further said that all honey produced in Australia and imported in Australia must undergo regulatory tests to ensure it adheres to Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
A posting on a website which went viral claimed that Capilano honey is toxic and poisonous.
The posting also claimed that Capilano is made from honey mixture imported from China, Mexico, Argentina, Hungary and Brazil.
Noor Hisham added that the ministry has introduced a ruling on Dec 1, 2016 that all honey imported into Malaysia must receive health certificates from authorities of the exporting country, confirming its safety.
Monitoring by the ministry on Capilano honey shows that it abides by the Food Act 1983 and Food Regulations 1985.
For any queries on food safety, contact the district or state health offices or visit the Food Safety and Quality Division Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bkkmhq or website at http://fsq.moh.gov.my.