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szdaily -> In depth -> 
Blood-red bird’s nest a commercial gimmick
    2011-08-30  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Li Hao

    SO-CALLED rare Malaysian blood-red edible bird’s nest, or cubilose, is fake, it has emerged. Malaysia only produces white edible bird’s nest, a press conference was told Saturday in Shanghai by a representative of the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry.

    The official press conference came on the heels of nation-wide media reports that said last month’s spot checks on the blood-red edible bird’s nest at 491 dealers in Zhejiang Province found nitrite levels in all samples far exceeded the legal cap. Most of the 30,000 tested nests were imported from Malaysia.

    Edible bird’s nest, which is made from the secretions of a bird’s salivary glands, is regarded as a delicacy and medicinal in some Southeast Asian countries. On the Chinese mainland, each gram of bird’s nest can cost 40 yuan (US$6.20), the Beijing-based Global Times reported Aug.19.

    The report has triggered a national crisis of confidence in China about the world’s biggest exporter of the edible bird’s nest, with 95 percent of it sold to China.

    The Zhejiang Provincial Administration for Industry and Commerce said at a press conference earlier this month that the amount of nitrite in local bird’s nests was perilously above the permitted standard and posed a threat to consumers’ health.

    On July 26, two bogus Malaysian officials held a press conference in Hangzhou to defend the quality of the blood-red bird’s nest.

    The identity of the two fake officials has been discovered, and they may face jail, according to Saturday’s press conference.

    In Malaysia, the Veterinary Services Department (VSD) has decided to conduct spot checks on bird’s nest processing factories to ensure only top quality nest is produced for export, according to an Aug. 25 report by the Sun Daily, an English newspaper in Malaysia.

    Malay’s Federation of the Edible Bird’s Nest Merchants Association deputy chairman, Datuk Choot Seng Chai, said the federation welcomes the move.

    He said the move would show China that Malaysia does not export low-quality bird’s nest.

    “We don’t want the industry’s image to be tarnished by unscrupulous traders. We have never wanted to compromise the health of consumers in China (by poor-quality bird’s nest),” he said, with reference to the reports in China, the Sun Daily reported.

    He told the Hong Kong-based Oriental Daily News that the bird’s nest industry and the government need to work closely together to restore confidence in bird’s nest imported from Malaysia.

    He said local bird’s nest merchants are considering hiring independent foreign experts to carry out tests to give Malaysian products the seal of approval.

    Aside from this, he said the government will make arrangements for Chinese government officials to get first-hand knowledge of how bird’s nest is harvested and cleaned.

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