This is Edible Bird Nest harvested from ranches that has undergone cleaning processes such as sorting, soaking, picking of feathers and impurities, moulding, drying, grading and packing. This also stipulates the quality and authenticity requirement for the raw EBN from the perspectives of microbial load/contamination, nutritional content (protein, minerals, moisture) and contamination from heavy metals (lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium and other metals under the control of Ministry of Health, Malaysia (Food Act 1985 and Food Regulation 1985) and residue (particularly nitrites (NO2) and nitrate).
Edible Bird's Nest harvested from caves and ranches which may include sorting, grading, trimming, weighing and packing without any cleaning process. These nests are produced by edible-bird nest swiftlets in premises where the parameters are similar to the natural cave dwelling of edible-bird nest swiftlets. eg, House EBN
Edible bird’s nest swiftlet has been a popular nutritious food for centuries.
Traditionally used as a food delicacy, the major nutrient components of EBN are carbohydrates and glycol-proteins, and essential trace elements such as;
Bird nest was considered delicacies among the rich and royal household then.
The consumption of bird nest has existed since the Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties in China with the earliest documented record of the bird nest trade was found in the journal of Chinese trader and explorer, Admiral Chen Ho in the year 1500s.