Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam recently announced that the National Centre for Food Security (NCFS) is expected to be completed in 2021.
The centre will be the first of its kind and will ensure effective control of food safety and quality in Malaysia.
Subramaniam said itthe building serve as a scientific arm to the Food Safety and Quality Division (BKKM) and will cost RM130 million to construct.
"Issues over food safety and quality are becoming increasingly challenging due to rapid developments in food technology in line with growing demand for a variety of food products.
"Food safety crises among them, milk found tainted with melamine in China, the use of maleic acid in producing bubble tea, baby formula manufactured in New Zealand contaminated with clostridium botulinum, have sparked global concern," he said.