Aquatic products from regulated Japanese Prefectures suspected of breaching food safety order, says Centre for Food Safety

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11th July 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Food Safety (CFS), under the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, made an announcement today regarding suspicions of aquatic products from regulated Japanese prefectures violating the relevant Food Safety Order. The CFS detected these potential breaches during inspections of imported food from Japan. The identified products have been properly marked and sealed by the CFS, ensuring they do not enter the market. The CFS is actively pursuing further investigation into these cases.

A spokesperson for the CFS stated, “Upon inspecting the imported food consignments from Japan, the CFS discovered a pack of chilled tuna processed in Niigata Prefecture and 15 boxes of chilled sea urchin manufactured in Miyagi Prefecture, which were found after the issuance of the Order. As a result, the implicated importers are suspected of contravening the relevant Order.”

According to the Order, the import and supply of all aquatic products originating from ten specified metropolis/prefectures – Tokyo, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Miyagi, Chiba, Gunma, Tochigi, Niigata, Nagano, and Saitama – are prohibited in Hong Kong. This prohibition applies to products harvested, manufactured, processed, or packed on or after 24th August, 2023. The scope includes live, chilled, frozen, dried, or otherwise preserved aquatic products, as well as sea salt and unprocessed or processed seaweed.

The CFS will continue its thorough investigation into these incidents and take appropriate actions, including notifying the relevant Japanese authorities. If sufficient evidence is obtained, the importers involved will face prosecution. The investigation remains ongoing, and the CFS is actively monitoring the situation.