CFS finds traces of malachite green in prepackaged grass carp sample

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (November 19) announced that a trace amount of malachite green was found in a prepackaged grass carp sample. A follow-up is in progress.
    Product details are as follows:
Product name: Not available in English
Packer: Dairy Farm Company Ltd
Use-by-date: November 7, 2019
     A CFS spokesman said, "The CFS collected the abovementioned grass carp sample from a supermarket in To Kwa Wan for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that the sample contained a trace amount of malachite green at a level of 0.78 parts per billion."
     The spokesman said that the CFS had informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and instructed the vendor to stop sale of the affected batch of the product. Should there be sufficient evidence, prosecution will be initiated. The CFS is also tracing the source of the product concerned.     

     Malachite green is a type of industrial dye and has been used for treating infections in fish. Currently, malachite green has been prohibited for use in food-producing animals in many countries. According to the Harmful Substances in Food Regulations (Cap 132AF), no food sold in Hong Kong is allowed to contain malachite green. Offenders will be prosecuted and will be liable to a fine of $50,000 and to imprisonment for six months upon conviction.
     The CFS will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action. An investigation is ongoing.

Ends/Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Issued at HKT 18:25