CFS detects excessive cadmium in imported crab from Philippines

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22nd May 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) in Hong Kong has raised an alarm over the presence of excessive cadmium in an imported crab sample from the Philippines. The discovery was made under the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department’s routine Food Surveillance Programme.

A spokesman for the CFS reported that the crab sample, initially tested at the import level, contained cadmium levels of 5 parts per million (ppm), which overshoots the established safety limit of 2 ppm. This finding has prompted immediate follow-up actions from the regulatory body.

Cadmium is a metallic contaminant known to pose significant health risks, potentially impairing kidney function when ingested over a long period. In light of the health risks, the CFS has notified the importer about the breach and has embarked on tracing the source of the contaminated crabs. Fortunately, the affected product has not yet been distributed into the local market.

Under the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations (Cap. 132V), selling food with metallic contamination above legal thresholds can attract severe penalties, including a fine of $50,000 and up to six months imprisonment.