MoA to perform random checks on food items from China

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2019-nCoV The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub speaks to the media after the Strategic Collaboration between Petronas and Agrobank: Strengthening the B40 Programme at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 28 JANUARY 2020 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus
The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub speaks to the media after the Strategic Collaboration between Petronas and Agrobank: Strengthening the B40 Programme at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 28 JANUARY 2020

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – Although the new 2019-nCoV virus is only proven to spread through human, the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MoA) took the preventive measures to examine certain items randomly at all entries of the country.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub said, he had directed the Department of Malaysian Quarantine Inspection Services (MAQIS) to strengthen enforcement.

“I have directed the agency under the ministry, MAQIS to strengthen enforcement at all entries to the country.

“They could at least make random checks and choose certain items such as meat or fruits.

“Although there is no fact stating that the virus can be transferred through food, what we are doing now is a preventive measure,” he told the media after witnessing the collaboration deal on micro financing between Petronas and Agrobank today.

Malaysia does not import food from Wuhan, the venue where the coronavirus originated.

In another development, Salahuddin said that the ministry is preparing its budget to complete the 12th Malaysia Development Plan (RMK-12).

He hoped that the RMK12 would translate the seriousness of the government in developing the agriculture industry, especially on food security.

“I hope that the RMK12 can provide focus on agriculture as everyone is talking about it.

“Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Daim Zainuddin talked about it.

“I hope that the RMK12 can translate their seriousness and more aids could be spent including for development,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette

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