5,500 food samples tested by CFS were satisfactory except for 11 samples

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30th June 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today released the findings of its food safety report for last month. The results of about 5,500 food samples tested were satisfactory except for 11 samples that were announced earlier. The overall satisfactory rate was about 99.8 per cent.

A CFS spokesman said about 1,100 food samples were collected for microbiological tests, and about 4,400 samples were taken for chemical and radiation level tests.

The microbiological tests covered pathogens and hygiene indicators; the chemical tests included testing for pesticides, preservatives, metallic contaminants, colouring matters, veterinary drug residues and others; and the radiation level tests included testing for radioactive caesium and iodine in samples collected from imported food from different regions.

The samples comprised about 2,300 samples of vegetables and fruit and their products; about 400 samples of cereals, grains and their products; about 500 samples of meat and poultry and their products; about 600 samples of milk, milk products and frozen confections; about 700 samples of aquatic and related products; and about 1,000 samples of other food commodities (including beverages, bakery products and snacks).

The 11 unsatisfactory samples comprised an uncooked dumpling wrapper sample, a deep-fried pork skin sample and a prepackaged pork jerky sample detected with a preservative exceeding the legal limit, two eel samples found with malachite green, two prepackaged dried mushroom samples detected with cadmium exceeding the legal limit, a garland chrysanthemum sample and a choi sum sample detected with pesticide residues exceeding the legal limit, a fresh beef sample found to contain sulphur dioxide and a fried rice sample found to contain excessive Bacillus cereus.

he CFS has taken follow-up action on the above-mentioned unsatisfactory samples including informing the vendors concerned of the test results, instructing them to stop selling the affected food items and tracing the sources of the food items in question.

The spokesman reminded the food trade to ensure that food for sale is fit for human consumption and meets legal requirements. Consumers should patronise reliable shops when buying food and maintain a balanced diet to minimise food risks.

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