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Policy Information

Policy Information

Government Agency(s) / Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s):

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry

Agency(s) Contact Information:

Wisma Tani
No.28 Persiaran Perdana
Presint 4
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62624 Putrajaya Malaysia,

Telephone: 603-88701000
Fax: 603-88886020
Email: pro@moa.gov.my
Website

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard:

Malaysian Standard MS 1529:2001 The Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Plant Based Organically Produced Foods

Date of Implementation: 2012

Regulation and/or Standard Scope:

Production and handling, including packaging, storage, transportation and sales of organic agricultural products. Food products must comply with labeling requirements in the Malaysian Standards MS 1529:2001 in order to label with the word organic, biological, ecological, and biodynamic.

Imported Products

Imported products must comply with the regulations.

Certification and Accreditation

Certification:

The Department of Agriculture has developed a certification scheme (website; in English) to certify farms that are operated according to the criteria and guidelines stipulated within the Malaysian Organic Scheme Standard (SOM).

Additional Information

USDA’s GAIN Report Malaysia Exporter Guide (2020)
USDA’s GAIN Report Malaysia Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative (2016)
USDA’s GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report (2020)
USDA’s GAIN Report Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report (2020)
USDA’s GAIN Report Retail Foods (2020)
USDA’s GAIN Report Food Processing Ingredients (2020)
USDA’s GAIN Report Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional (2019)

Definitions

Definitions

Term

Definition

Health and Wellness

Health and wellness is the aggregation of organic packaged food and beverages, fortified/functional packaged food and beverages, naturally healthy packaged food and beverages, better for you packaged food and beverages and food intolerance products.

Organic packaged foods and beverages

This category includes packaged food & beverages that are certified organic by an approved certification body. Organic production is based on:

• A system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.
• Organic food & beverages are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation.
• The use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) is prohibited. “Certified Organic” means the item has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations.
• Depending on the country, such products are called ‘organic’, ‘biological’ or ‘ecological’: For organic products to be included under Euromonitor definitions, the organic aspect needs to form part of positioning/marketing of the product. This is an aggregation of organic baby food, bakery, confectionery, dairy, ice cream, oils and fats, ready meals, rice, sauces, dressings and condiments, snack bars, soups, spreads, sweet and savory snacks and other organic food.

Note that fresh food products or individual ingredients are not included in this definition.

Compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is the average annual growth rate over a specified period of time. For instance, the CAGR consumption of from 2016 – 2019 will be the average growth rates across these three years.

USDA GATS data clarification

The data presented in table 2.4 represents the dollar values of the top 5 organic commodities as well as of the total organic exports of the trade partner for the period 2016-2019 as per the United States Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System, a database consisting of international agricultural, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present.