November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Bad news for Malaysian birds’ nest operators came when two wholesalers who operate hundreds of outlets in Guangzhou, China, removed Malaysian bird’s nests from their shelves following a directive from the country’s authorities. This act was reported in a local article recently, and comes in the wake of reports about how red bird’s nest actually contain chemicals that render the nests red.
Red bird’s nest, known as blood nest, have recently become the vogue for bird’s nest consumers, who prize the red tinge of the product. It now seems that the red tinge is a result of nitrates in the nests, which are actually artificially introduced. It remains to be seen how this entire issue will play out, but seeing as how many bird’s nest operators enter the business for profit, it is likely that they are the same ones who chose to introduce potentially harmful chemicals to boost their profits.
And did you know that bird’s nest is actually made of bird’s saliva?
Read the full article below:
Two wholesalers who operate hundreds of outlets in Guangzhou, China, have removed Malaysian bird’s nests from their shelves following a directive from the country’s authorities, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.
The daily quoted Veterinary Services Department director-general Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin as describing the move as “serious”.
“We must arrange for talks between representatives from both countries,” he said.
Dr Abdul Aziz said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed would represent Malaysia in the talks.
It was reported that Chinese authorities had been concerned over the excessive level of nitrite found in red bird’s nests, widely known as blood nests, imported from Malaysia.
The daily also said Federation of Bird’s Nest Merchants Association chairman Datuk Beh Heng Seong, who is now in Guangzhou, had expressed shock when he learned about the removal of bird’s nests on Monday.
Source: The Star
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