CFS follows up on packaging sample of imported frozen shrimp tested positive for COVID-19 virus in Macao

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16th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said today that the CFS is proactively following up on a packaging sample of imported frozen shrimp from Indonesia being tested positive for COVID-19 virus in Macao. The CFS’s initial investigations showed that the affected batches of product had been imported to Hong Kong. For prudence’s sake, the spokesman urged the public not to consume the affected batches of product concerned and to observe personal, food and environmental hygiene. The trade should also stop using or selling the affected batches of product immediately if in possession.

 Product details are as follows:

Product name: Wild Caught Frozen White Shrimp
Brand: Java Sea
Place of origin: Indonesia
Importer: PARKnSHOP (HK) Limited
Net weight: 300g
Best-before dates: 1st February, 2024; 1st March, 2024 and 1st April, 2024

 A spokesman for the CFS said, “The CFS noted a recent announcement from the Department of Food Safety of Macao that an inner packaging sample of imported frozen shrimp from Indonesia was tested positive for COVID-19 virus. The CFS immediately contacted the Macao Authority and local importers for follow-up. Initial investigations found that PARKnSHOP (HK) Limited had imported the affected batches of product.

 For the sake of prudence, the importer concerned has voluntarily removed from shelves, stopped sale of the affected batches of product, and has initiated a recall. Members of the public may call the importer’s hotline at 2606 8658 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

 The CFS has inspected the importer’s warehouse in Sheung Shui, marked and sealed the affected batches of frozen shrimp and will arrange their disposal. In addition, the CFS will continue to follow up on the incident, and will step up sampling of similar products for testing.

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