Surplus food: Govt intends to have law by end of 2019

The law on surplus food will protect contributors and also recipients of the Food Bank Malaysia Programme. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: The government intends to create a special law to protect contributors and also recipients of the Food Bank Malaysia Programme by the end of next year.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the programme would be implemented nationwide from January next year.

“Before the law is formulated, we must study the experiences of nations such as France, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, South Africa and Singapore because they have already implemented the programme,” he said after the launching of the food bank at the Komplek Masyarakat Penyayang here today.

Saifuddin said among the concerns were halal food from hotels.

“Halal food is a sensitive matter and must be taken seriously to prevent any problem from arising,’’ he said.

“For example, international brands who become contributors are worried that if they contribute and there is a slight flaw which results in the end user encountering a problem, they will be exposed to legal action.

“So, we have to scrutinise all aspects like that so that all the fears are answered after the new law is tabled,’’ he said.