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Tough Times Ahead for Malaysia's Seafood Industry

MALAYSIA - More than 60,000 workers in the seafood export industry are expected to face difficult times in the next two months should the Government fail to overturn European Union (EU) ban on imports from Malaysia.

The self-imposed ban was implemented in June when the EU Health Authority found unsatisfactory conditions in local aquaculture farms, seafood-processing facilities, fishing vessels and fish-landing areas, writes Yeng Ai Chun for TheStarOnline.

The news organisation ays that rather than risking a total EU ban that would have been gazetted into law, the Government imposed a self-ban till the next inspection on the seafood industry, which has been scheduled for next March.

Malaysian Frozen Food Processors Association (MFFPA) president Chng Chin Hooi said many processing plants would not last through Chinese New Year if the Government does not take quick action to rectify the situation.

Malaysias second largest food export industry is in the verge of collapsing. Seafood exporters have reported an estimated loss in sales and production of more than RM1.5bil to date, he said at a press conference on Wednesday.

the Fish Site Editor

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