The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) dismissed rumors circulating on social media that oranges injected with HIV-infected blood are being sold in Hong Kong markets, noting that the deadly virus is not normally transmitted through food or water, Apple Daily reports.
According to the rumors, people should be wary of buying oranges with abnormal skin conditions because the fruits could have been injected with HIV-infected blood before they were shipped from their countries of origin in Africa.
But on its Facebook page, the CFS clarified that some of the dark spots and patterns observed on orange skins could have resulted from handling, pest or microbial infections, or spoilage, and not necessarily from artificial processes.
It said consumers should not panic and advised them to continue eating fresh fruits.
The CFS, however, said consumers should make sure the fruits they buy are fresh by paying attention to their odor and taste, signs of bruising on the skin, and stickiness caused by mold growth.
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