Malaysia will monitor all checkpoints to ensure exported vegetables pulled off the shelves in Singapore are not allowed back into the local market. The Agriculture and Agro-based Industries’ enforcement body, the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) is responsible here.
It all started when iceberg lettuce from a Malaysian farm had been recalled by authorities in Singapore after high levels of the pesticide Fipronil were found on them. The greens were distributed at NTUC FairPrice and Sheng Siong supermarkets in the republic.
Locally produced vegetables are still safe for consumption as the supply chain of vegetables for the export market did not affect the local market. Tan So Tiok, president of the Federation of Vegetable Farmers Associations of Malaysia, agreed. He adding that the recall did not necessarily mean the rest of the batch or other produce in the farm were unsafe.
Meanwhile, thestar.com.my reported on Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullahs statement that the ministry had investigated and found that the lettuce was being sold locally under the “Vege 2 Fresh” brand.