Hong Kong’s food safety watchdog said on Wednesday that it has over the past few days found several contaminated products in the city, including chilled tuna, ice-cream and raw oysters.
Among the various findings, excessive level of mercury was discovered in frozen tuna products imported by City’Super from Japan, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) said, citing tests conducted last Saturday.
Mercury could impair human nervous system and brain development. Expectant mothers and children should stay away from larger types of fish, such as tuna, which is more likely to carry more mercury inside, the watchdog said, according to Ming Pao Daily.
City’Super, which operates several supermarkets in the city, meanwhile said on Wednesday that it has removed some tuna meat from its shelves. It was not clear whether any of the contaminated meat had already been sold to customers.
Among other tests conducted by the CFS, a sample of milk-flavored ice-cream made locally by a company in Tsuen Wan showed coliform count that was 19 times more than standard level.
The CFS has ordered the company to stop supplying the product. The Tsuen Wan firm claimed that the item had been sold to just two restaurants.
In a third routine testing operation, CFS found organic oysters sold at ‘Green dot dot’ shop at Tsing Yi MTR Station were contaminated by E. Coli.
The watchdog has instructed the vendor to stop the sale of the oysters that were imported from New Zealand, and recall some batches already in the market.
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