CFS finds Salmonella in sample of pig oviduct

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (October 13) that a sample of marinated pig oviduct 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 premises in Sham Shui Po for testing when following up on a related incident. 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," a spokesman for the CFS said.

     The CFS has informed the food premises concerned of the above irregularity and instructed them to suspend the sale of the food product concerned. The CFS has also inspected the food premises, provided health education on food safety and hygiene to the person-in-charge and staff, and requested them to review and improve the food production process, environmental and hand hygiene, and carry out a thorough cleaning and disinfection. Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence.

     According to section 54 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap. 132), all food available for sale in Hong Kong, locally produced or imported, should be fit for human consumption. An offender is subject to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months upon conviction.

     "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/Friday, October 13, 2023
Issued at HKT 18:58