Updated on 11 May 2012
APSN is also working on biosecurity, the art of preventing the entry of hazardous contaminants into a farm, and production or manufacturing facility, which is the primal step in Good Production Practices. Hazardous contaminants can be of infectious, such as bacteria, viruses, fungus and parasites, or non-infectious, such as chemicals. A planned routine screening at points of entry enables producers to use a risk-based approach to prevent perceived or actual risks of contamination and enables decision-making.
The Food Act lists the types and levels of adulterants and contaminants that are not permissible. These adulterants and contaminants are listed because of their potential to cause short or long term food-borne illnesses and poisoning. APSN provides screening and monitoring of the production process - from raw materials to finished products - that reduces the risk of contamination by microbes, toxins and hazardous chemicals.
In a very short time, APSN has won several accolades. In 2007, APSN was accredited with Innovation in Research Award for best government-private collaboration from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation for the development of a PCR test Kit. In 2009, the company was among the top 20 patent filers in Malaysia, and in 2010, it was awarded 1-Innocert certification by SME Corp. In 2011, the company won the Gold Medal in BioInnovation Awards during BioMalaysia 2011 and one of its research scientists, Ms Seetha Jaganathan, won the Woman BioInnovator of the Year Award.