The amount of contaminated smoked salmon in the market could be 10 times more than the Centre for Food Safety estimated earlier, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.
The CFS has adjusted its initial estimate of 70 kg, saying that over 700 kg of the smoked salmon, made by Polyfood Food Service Co. Ltd. and sold in a variety of packaging, may have already been sold to consumers through about 50 retail outlets.
The food safety authority said it will continue its investigation into the smoked salmon products believed to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which could cause miscarriages in pregnant women.
Responding to media enquiries on whether it had downplayed the scale of the contamination, Polyfood, a subsidiary of Dah Chong Hong Holdings Ltd. (01828.HK), said it had submitted all the relevant manufacturing and distribution data to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, which operates the CFS.
Dah Chong Hong said it has cooperated with the department since March 28 on the investigation, informed all its customers about the incident and recalled the contaminated products packaged on March 17.
The firm said it has thoroughly disinfected its manufacturing plants.
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