Ministry of Public Health has taken a number of precautionary measures on importing green pepper, cardamom and one type of the frozen buffalo meat imported from India. Instructions were circulated to all ports that samples must be withdrawn from all the consignments of these products and not released until they are proven to be safe and valid and conform to the requirements of the technical regulations and relevant standard specifications.
It is mandatory that all shipments of green pepper, cardamom and the specific type of the buffalo meat imported from India as of April 1, 2021 must be attached to an analysis certificate issued by an accredited laboratory (ISO 17025) or statements issued by the competent authorities in the country of origin indicating their safety and suitability for human consumption, and also stating that green pepper and cardamom are free from pesticide residues and that buffalo meat is free from salmonella, and continue to withdraw samples from all incoming shipments.
The circular indicated that the application of these procedures will continue until the imported consignments are in conformity with the related requirements and that these products may be banned if such action is required.
These actions came into effect after the continuous risk assessment by the food safety department at the Ministry of Public Health which monitors food risks and makes decisions based on the risk level of each product, in line with the international approaches in this regard. The competent authorities in the country of origin are notified of these procedures in accordance with the applicable regulations in this regard.
Source: Ministry of Public Health