CFS finds Salmonella in sample of yellowtail sashimi

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (August 24) that a sample of yellowtail sashimi was found to contain a pathogen, Salmonella. The CFS is following up on the case.

     "The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from a food factory in Mei Foo earlier 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 that states that Salmonella should not be detected in 25g of a ready-to-eat food sample. The CFS notified the food factory concerned of the unsatisfactory test result, and also inspected the premises concerned and provided health education on food safety and hygiene to the person-in-charge and staff of the premises. The CFS also took follow-up food and environmental samples from the food factory concerned for testing, and the results of samples tested were all satisfactory," a CFS spokesman said.

     "Salmonella infection may cause fever and gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The effects on infants, young children, the elderly and people 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/Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Issued at HKT 15:55