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Veterinary drug chloramphenicol found in mud crab sample
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (February 10) that a sample of mud crab was detected with a veterinary drug, chloramphenicol. The CFS is following up on the case.

     "While investigating a food complaint, the CFS collected the sample from a stall in Yeung Uk Road Market in Tsuen Wan for testing. The test result showed that the sample contained chloramphenicol at a level of 2.5 micrograms per kilogram. The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity," the spokesman said.

     According to the Harmful Substances in Food Regulations (Cap. 132AF), no fish (including shell fish) sold in Hong Kong for human consumption is allowed to contain chloramphenicol. Offenders will be liable to a fine up to $50,000 and to imprisonment for six months upon conviction.

     The CFS will continue to follow up on the case, including tracing the source of the affected product to safeguard food safety and public health.
Ends/Friday, February 10, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:15
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