Did you know, Malaysia overtook Indonesia in 2009 as the world’s largest exporter of birds’ nests?
Malaysian exporters earn some US$3.3bn from their sales, 95 per cent of which go to China.
Now the industry is in turmoil over allegations that blood-red cubilose, the rarest edible bird’s nest, were dyed and contained excessive nitrate. The media in China have carried a number of reports on this.
A lot of money at stake and look what a couple of people have resorted to, as reported in Shanghai Daily:
TWO Malaysian men pretended to be government officials and held a press conference in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province on July 26 to refute allegations that bird’s nests from Malaysia were dyed and contained an excessive amount of nitrite, Beijing Times reported today.
The two men claimed to officials from the so-called export health ministry and the bureau of import and export of endangered animals. But investigation found there were no such government agencies in Malaysia.
Amazing what money – or the desire for money – can make some people do.