KUALA LUMPUR: The pickled lime peels from China found to contain lead is not imported into Malaysia, says Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said the Health Ministry had obtained data from the Malaysian Food Safety Information System (FoSIM) from 2017 which stated that the pickles were not brought into Malaysia.
"However, as a precautionary measure, the Food Safety and Quality Division (BKKM) has stepped up its checks on all types of dried fruits including the pickled lime peels imported from China, at all points of entry.
"If parties concerned do not comply with the Food Act 1983 and its regulations, then enforcement action will be taken," said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement on Friday (Sept 28).
He was commenting on a media report on Sept 26 which stated that pickled lime peels produced by Jiabao Jiuzhi Chenpi from China and popular in Malaysia and Singapore, were found to be tainted with lead according to state authorities in China.
Dr Noor Hisham said consumers with any concerns regarding food safety issues could contact the nearest District Health Office or Health Department or via the http://moh.spab.gov.my or facebook Food Safety and Quality Division (BKKM) www.facebook.com/bkkmhq.