SAFETY IS KEY’

New Straits Times - - News - DATUK DR NOOR HISHAM AB­DUL­LAH

She said the dates sold in Malaysia were mainly im­ported from Mad­i­nah, Ye­men, Iran and Saudi Ara­bia, adding that they were usu­ally odour­less and firm in tex­ture.

An­other seller, who wished to be known only as Aini, said con­sumers were care­ful when buy­ing dates.

“They will look at the tex­ture and taste be­fore buy­ing. As sell­ers, we will as­sist them.”

Dates grown in the Mid­dle Eastern and North African belt are largely con­sumed by Mus­lims dur­ing Ra­madan.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Health di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Ab­dul­lah said the min­istry would beef up the mon­i­tor­ing of dates sold after pho­to­graphs of the fruit con­tain­ing cock­roaches and bee­tles went vi­ral re­cently.

He said con­sumers should en­sure that the food they bought was clean and safe to eat.

“Con­sumers should study and read the food prod­ucts’ la­bels.

“They should al­ways scru­ti­nise, smell and taste the prod­ucts be­fore eat­ing them to avoid eat­ing harm­ful and con­tam­i­nated food.”

Should con­sumers have any con­cern with re­gard to food safety is­sues, Dr Noor Hisham said they could con­tact the state Health Depart­ment or the near­est dis­trict health of­fice for guid­ance.

He said con­sumers could visit the min­istry’s web­site at http://moh.spab.gov.my, or the Food Safety and Qual­ity Divi­sion Face­book page at www.face­book.com/bkkmhg to lodge com­plaints re­lated to hy­giene and food safety.

Con­sumers should... scru­ti­nise, smell and taste the prod­uct be­fore eat­ing it...

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