Thursday, 22 December 2011

Food panel to conduct spot checks

KUALA LUMPUR: The special committee set up recently to monitor food products without brands will conduct spot checks at the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) and other premises, including hypermarkets.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the committee comprising officers from the Health Ministry, the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry, Sirim Berhad and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) had its first meeting recently. He said the committee would monitor the goods and produce at these outlets to ensure the items were halal and safe for consumption.

He said they were also waiting for the results of the test conducted by the Health Ministry on 200 samples including eggs, milk, frozen meat and canned foods from KR1M.

Ismail Sabri, who visited the Kedai Ikan Rakyat 1Malaysia (KIR1M) at Plaza Centrum, Setiawangsa here yesterday, said the government would extend assistance to help the operator expand their business nationwide.

KIR1M, which is managed by Restoran Sekinchan Ikan Bakar, is one of the ministry's ways to ease the people's burden by helping to reduce the price of food items.