Excessive Bacillus cereus found in preserved bean curd, public urged to avoid affected batch

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11th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has revealed that a sample of bottled preserved bean curd has been found to contain an excessive amount of Bacillus cereus. As a result, the CFS advises the public to refrain from consuming the affected batch of the product. Additionally, the trade is urged to immediately halt the usage and sale of the affected batch if in possession.

The product details of the affected batch are as follows: brand name – YUET WO, place of origin – China, net weight – 12 ounces, best-before date – 30th May, 2025, distributor – Yuet Wo Sauce And Preserved Fruits Limited.

The CFS conducted routine testing, collecting the sample from a retail outlet in Tsuen Wan as part of its Food Surveillance Programme. Analysis revealed that the sample contained Bacillus cereus at a level of 130,000 per gram, exceeding the acceptable limit of 100,000 per gram according to the Microbiological Guidelines for Food.

The CFS has promptly notified the vendor of the irregularity, instructing them to cease sales and remove the affected batch from shelves. The distributor, following CFS instructions, has initiated a recall process. For inquiries regarding the product recall, the distributor’s hotline at 2492 3354 is available during office hours.

Consumption of food contaminated with excessive Bacillus cereus or its heat-stable toxins may lead to gastrointestinal issues like vomiting and diarrhoea. The CFS cautions that unhygienic conditions during food processing and storage can contribute to the growth of Bacillus cereus.