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Malaysian Seafood Assessed for Europe

KUALA LUMPUR - A new mission comprising European Union (EU) veterinary experts will arrive in Malaysia in early March to assess measures taken by the local authorities for seafood products to conform to the EU standards.

According to Bernama, the mission would assess the measures taken to address the shortcomings highlighted by the 2008 inspection mission, said ambassador and head of delegation of the European Commission in Malaysia, Vincent Piket.

"We are hopeful that the measures taken by the authorities can lead to a resumption of the export of Malaysian seafood to the EU," he told Bernama here today.

The EU suspended the import of seafood products from Malaysia following a visit by officials from its Food and Veterinary Office to the farms and processing centres in April last year.

Bernama reports that the self-imposed ban was implemented last June when the EU health authorities found unsatisfactory conditions at local aquaculture farms, seafood-processing facilities, fishing vessels and fish-landing areas.

Rather than risking a total EU ban that would have been gazetted into law, the government imposed a ban until the next inspection on the seafood product industry.

the Fish Site Editor

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