Hong Kong people who came down with food poisoning from imported Taiwanese sandwiches are not getting much sympathy from the island’s netizens.
Some said sandwiches should not be casually brought in because these are highly perishable.
Others made fun of Hongkongers who still buy food from Taiwan given a recent scare involving numerous cases of tainted products, according to Apple Daily.
The commenters said the sandwiches from Horng Ryen Jen have not caused food poisoning in Taiwan, so such incidents in Hong Kong are a local problem.
On Monday, the Hong Kong government banned the import and sale of Horng Ryen Jen sandwiches after these were linked to dozens of people falling ill.
Taiwan netizens reacted to the announcement by saying Hong Kong might as well ban water from Guangdong because of an ongoing crisis over lead-tainted drinking water in some public housing estates.
Hongkongers were not very forgiving either.
They mocked their fellow citizens for choosing suspect Taiwan imports over Hong Kong-made fresh food.
Horng Ryen Jen sandwiches are sold in Hong Kong but it’s not clear what proportion of the food poisoning incidents is attributed to retail sales.
Some cases have been directly linked to Horng Ryen Jen sandwiches brought in by travelers.
Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said the contamination might have occurred during the production process.
Health authorities from both sides are continuing their investigations, he said.
On Thursday, officials said another 13 people between one and 79 suffered from suspected food poisoning after eating sandwiches bought in Hong Kong or Taiwan between July 24 and 30, bringing the total to 59.
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