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CFS follows up on aquatic product imported from Japan suspected of breaching Food Safety Order
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (September 20) that an aquatic product manufactured in a regulated Japanese metropolis was suspected to be in breach of the relevant Food Safety Order when the CFS inspected a consignment of food imported from Japan. The product concerned has been marked and sealed by the CFS and has not entered the market, and the importer concerned is suspected to be in breach of the relevant Food Safety Order. The CFS is following up on the case.

     A spokesman for the CFS said, "During an inspection of the food label of the concerned consignment of food imported from Japan, the CFS found a pack of Japanese seabream fillet suspected to have been manufactured in Tokyo after the Order was issued, and is thus suspected of breaching the relevant Order."

     According to the Order, all aquatic products originating from the 10 metropolis/prefectures, namely Tokyo, Fukushima, Chiba, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, Miyagi, Niigata, Nagano and Saitama, are prohibited from being imported into and supplied in Hong Kong if they are harvested, manufactured, processed or packed on or after August 24, 2023, including all live, frozen, chilled, dried or otherwise preserved aquatic products, sea salt, and unprocessed or processed seaweed.

     The CFS will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action, including informing the Japanese authorities concerned of the incident. Prosecution will be instituted against the importer concerned should there be sufficient evidence. The investigation is ongoing.
Ends/Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Issued at HKT 18:38
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