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Iodine-131 (I-131) radiation testing of Japanese food no longer required

A requirement put into effect six years ago after the Fukushima earthquake for Iodine-131 (I-131) radiation testing of food from East Japan has been lifted by the Hong Kong Center for Food Safety. The half-life of I-131  is only about eight days. More than seven years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake with a magnitude of… Continue Reading

Hong Kong checks ready-to-eat foods for Bacillus, Clostridium

Hong Kong’s  Center for Food Safety (CFS), a unit of  the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced on Monday the results of a recently completed targeted food surveillance project on Bacillus cereus and Clostridium perfringens in ready-to-eat foods. Except for a preserved bean curd sample detected with excessive Bacillus cereus, which was announced earlier, test… Continue Reading

Recall information takes days to reach Hong Kong from Canada

Despite instantaneous communication technology, word of a recall of flour linked to an E. coli outbreak in Canada did not reach Hong Kong until after all of the implicated exported flour had been sold at retail. In a May 30 notice, officials with the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene… Continue Reading

Hong Kong announces latest food safety report

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has released the findings of its food safety report for February. The results of about 9,200 food samples tested were found to be satisfactory except for four unsatisfactory samples which were announced earlier. The overall satisfactory rate was 99.9 per cent…. Continue Reading

Hong Kong’s food safety center reports monthly, yearly data

Hong Kong’s Center  for Food Safety (CFS), a unit of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has released the findings of its food safety report for December 2016 and surveillance information for 2016. Only 13 of 9,800 food samples tested during December were found to be unsatisfactory, meaning the overall satisfactory rate for the month… Continue Reading