About one month ago, spot check on bird nests at stores in Zhejiang Province revealed that average content of 4,400 mg of sodium nitrate per kilogram as opposed to allowed cap of 70 mg per kilogram.
Following this event, there is rumours saying that Malaysian bird's nests would be banned in China. This created a huge chaos among the bird nest industrialists in Malaysia.
On 9 August 2011, the Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister, Chua Tee Yong announced that the China Government did not impose any ban on the import of bird nests from Malaysia, to the relief of the bird nest industrialists.
The standard level of nitrate in China is zero ppm whereas the accepted level of nitrate in Malaysia is 30 ppm based on MS Standard 2334:2010 Edible Bird Nest (EBN)- Specification.
Chua said that his Ministry will meet with trade councellor to the China Embassy in Malaysia to dicuss the issue in order to resolve it.
Malaysis is one of the two countries (the other one is Singapore) allowed to export bird nest to China. If any China shops say that their bird nests are from other countries than Malaysia and Singapore, it may mean that it is not true or the traders from other countries use Malaysia as illegal channel to export their products to China.
Posted by Chai Yong of http://www.banyan-bird-nest.com