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CFS finds Salmonella in rice sample with grilled pork neck
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (October 12) that a sample of rice with grilled pork neck was found to contain a pathogen, Salmonella. The CFS is following up on the case.

     "Following up on a food complaint, the CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from a restaurant in Tsuen Wan for testing. The test result showed the presence of Salmonella in 25 grams of the sample, exceeding the criterion of the Microbiological Guidelines for Food which states that Salmonella should not be detected in 25 grams of food sample," a CFS spokesman said.

     The spokesman said that the CFS had notified the restaurant concerned of the unsatisfactory test result and instructed it to stop selling the concerned food item immediately. The CFS has also provided health education on food safety and hygiene to the person-in-charge and staff of the restaurant, and requested it to review and improve the food production process and carry out thorough cleaning and disinfection.

     "Salmonella infection may cause fever and gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The effects on infants, young children, the elderly and patients with a weak immune system could be more severe and may even lead to death," the spokesman said.

     The CFS will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health.
Ends/Friday, October 12, 2018
Issued at HKT 19:12
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