Govt Won’t Stop Importing Fish From Japan: Mat Sabu

The government is not stopping any activity of importing agricultural and fishery products from Japan, said the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu.

He said the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) constantly monitors the level of food safety issues including radiation inspection and confirms that fishery products imported from the country of the Rising Sun are safe to eat.

“However, we put any fishery that comes from Japan at level four, which is the level that we pay the most attention to. So eat any fish that comes from Japan, it’s safe,” he said when met after holding a bilateral meeting with Japan’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Miyashita Ichiro, today (October 4).

The action prompted China, Hong Kong and North Korea to take immediate action to block the country’s seafood products.

Commenting on whether there is a possibility that the country will increase rice imports from cheaper ASEAN supplier countries, Mohamad said the matter will be discussed with Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas).

“Bernas knows better and we will discuss from time to time,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohamad said the Cabinet will make a decision regarding chicken and egg subsidies in the near future after he presented the latest situation of the raw materials at this morning’s meeting.

“Now the chicken and egg situation is stable, the price is below the ceiling. So maybe the Cabinet will make a decision. We are waiting for that decision,” he said.

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