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Mi-Trace System On The Way For Durian Exports To China
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 27 (Bernama)-- The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry is developing a traceability system called 'Mi-Trace' for the export of frozen durian to China.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the system which would be fully implemented in June this year would put an end to the problem of frozen durians that do not meet the required standards from entering the Chinese market.
He said the system which had received the endorsement of Agriculture Quarantine Service Inspection of China (AQSIQ) entailed the 'from farm to table' concept.
"Frozen durian has been picked for a pilot project for this traceability system because of its high potential as a premium product in China and Hong Kong," he said when launching the "Mi-Trace" system in Putrajaya, Thursday.
He said the system had to be put in place because there were cases of exporters from other countries selling 'the king of fruits in Malaysia' to China but claiming they were sourced from Malaysia, which is noted for its high quality durians.
Frozen durians exports from Malaysia to China rose from RM2.6 million in 2011 to RM3.1 million in 2012 and RM4 million last year.
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