Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why Did Food Items Fail Hong Kong Safety Checks?

Food safety authorities in Hong Kong have released recent tests of 3,900 food samples in local shops and restaurants and discovered14 food items that failed safety inspections. Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety took about 2,700 samples for chemical tests and the remainder for microbiological and other tests.

Among the food items that failed the inspection were frozen suckling pig with excessive levels of a veterinary drug, frozen fish and shrimp with high mercury levels, and some fresh fish with elevated levels of cadmium.

Then there was the sample of Singaporean-style fried noodles which was contaminated with bacteria, while other foods were found to contain banned preservative chemicals.
The food safety authorities issued citations to the shops and restaurants involved.