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Import ban on razor clams harvested from Malahide of Ireland lifted

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (December 9) announced that the import ban imposed on razor clams from Malahide, Ireland, has been lifted with immediate effect.

     In view of a notification from the Irish authorities that razor clams caught from unclassified waters of Malahide had been imported into Hong Kong, the CFS, for the sake of prudence, had imposed an import ban on all razor clams harvested in the area since September 29 this year to safeguard public health and food safety.

     A CFS spokesman said, "The CFS has been following up on the incident closely with the Irish authorities since then. In view of the submission of an investigation report and the implementation of enhanced surveillance programmes and actions by the Irish authorities, the CFS has conducted an assessment and decided to lift the import ban imposed on razor clams from Malahide, Ireland."

     The spokesman added, "The CFS will continue to monitor closely razor clams imported from the area. Appropriate actions will be taken to safeguard food safety and public health."

Ends/Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Issued at HKT 15:31


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