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Malaysia exports 4,600 tons of fish products to EU since May 2009: official

     KUANTAN, Malaysia, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia has exported 4, 600 tons of fish products to the European Union (EU) worth 62.7 million ringgit (20.29 million U.S. dollars) since May 2009, an official said on Wednesday.

     Malaysian Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai made the remarks in Kuantan, the capital of Pahang state, which is in the central part of east coast Peninsula Malaysia.

     In 2008, the EU imposed a ban on Malaysian fish products as the Malaysian producers did not achieve the requirement and food standards set by the EU.

     However, Liow said Malaysia had used only 11 months to rectify the problems, and had the ban lifted for fish and fish products processed from local aquaculture production in May 2009.

     Export of Malaysian seafood products resumed in October last year.

     Local media reported that prior to the ban, Malaysian seafood exports to the EU amounted to 100 million ringgit (32.36 million U. S. dollars) annually.  Enditem

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