Monday, 16 July 2012

Malaysia to establish regional centre of excellence for food safety

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is looking to become a regional leader in food safety with the establishment of a Centre for Food Safety and an International Food Safety Training Laboratory in the country.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Monday the ministry would be setting up the centre in Salak Tinggi, Selangor, and construction would start next year.

"The Centre of Food Safety is set up to assist the Health Ministry in the scientific input needed to conduct science-based decision making," he said, adding that the centre's contributions would also enhance consumer confidence domestically as well as internationally.

He said the International Food Safety and Training Laboratory would build the capacity of food safety services in the region as well as function as a centre for food testing and research.

The laboratory would be located within the centre, which is expected to take two years to complete.

Liow said the project, which costs about RM65mil, would add on to the current food safety services provided by the ministry's Food Quality and Safety Division.

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