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CFS announces food safety report for March

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) today (April 30) released the findings of its food safety report for last month. The results of about 9,800 food samples tested were found to be satisfactory except for two samples which were announced earlier, i.e. a skimmed milk sample found with excessive total bacterial count and a fresh pork sample detected with sulphur dioxide, a preservative not permitted to be used in fresh meat. The overall satisfactory rate was 99.9 per cent.

     A CFS spokesman said about 3,600 food samples had been taken for chemical tests. Some 900 samples were collected for microbiological tests and the remaining 5,200 (including about 5,000 samples taken from food imported from Japan) were collected for testing of radiation levels.

     The microbiological tests covered pathogens and hygienic indicators, while the chemical tests aimed at detecting pesticides, preservatives, metallic contamination, colouring matters, veterinary drug residues, plasticisers and others.

     The samples comprised about 2,900 samples of vegetables and fruits and their products; 700 samples of meat and poultry and their products; 1,400 samples of aquatic and related products; 600 samples of milk, milk products and frozen confections; 500 samples of cereals, grains and their products; and 3,600 samples of other food commodities.

     The spokesman reminded the food trade to ensure that their food is fit for consumption and meets legal requirements. The trade should also maintain a good recording system in accordance with the Food Safety Ordinance to allow source tracing if needed.

     Consumers should patronise reliable shops when buying food and maintain a balanced diet to minimise food risk.

Ends/Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Issued at HKT 14:31


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