Proper labelling of food compulsory

by | Oct 26, 2023 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

The Health Ministry’s Food and Safety Quality Division has come out with a directive to food manufacturers that all their products must comply with the Food Act 1983 and the Food Regulations 1985.

This is in view of their findings that from the year 2021 to July this year, a total of 718 compound notices were issued by the enforcement officers of the division to companies for selling food that failed to comply with labelling requirements.

Those found guilty of not complying with the laws will be held responsible and they can be subject to a fine of not more than RM10,000 or a jail term not exceeding two years but offenders are allowed the right to appeal.

In the case of imported food products that do not comply with labelling regulations, they may undergo a relabelling exercise with the division or reexport to the country of origin if the product is not approved to be relabelled.

The Ministry’s division is consistently monitoring food sold in the market and imported food at entry points into Malaysia to ensure that they not only comply with local legislations but also have proper labelling.

The division disclosed that monitoring and enforcement activities of food labels are carried out at the country’s entry points and at retail outlets in the domestic markets which is done through routine inspections.