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Environmental Labelling of Fish Considered in Malaysia

Alice Mitchell
02 April 2015, at 1:00am

MALAYSIA - The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is mulling a proposal to include environmental impact information on the labelling of aquaculture produce.

According to New Straits Times Online, Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the label would inform consumers of the environmental impacts during the production process.

"Generally, aquaculture operators like fish farmers have to abide by stringent regulations by the Department of Environment, so such indication in the label of produces will further improve awareness among consumers and help regulate operations by the farmers," he said.

Among other requirements, the current regulations state that every fish farm must be equipped with a treatment pond to prevent untreated water from being released and harming the environment.

The minister continued: "Aquaculture industry basically focuses on increasing production and strengthening competitiveness through strategies including producing high-valued produce, ensuring consistent fish fries and increase food supply for aquaculture industry."