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Irish raw milk cheese recalled around world because of Listeria

A Listeria related recall in mid-October of organic, raw milk cheddar cheese announced by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has made it half way around the world, with authorities in Hong Kong posting a recall this week of the cheese sold under the brand of The Little Milk Co. No such announcements have yet… Continue Reading

Dutch egg recall for insecticide contamination spans the globe

Dutch egg producers’ practice of mixing the toxic insecticide Fipronil with a cleaning agent and sanitizer known as “Dega 16” for use around chickens has apparently led to the world’s largest recall of shell eggs since 2010. The first Fipronil-contaminated eggs were reported July 20 by food safety authorities in Belgium. The insecticide-tainted eggs turned… 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

Bird flu deaths bring live poultry market ban in Hunan province

Live poultry sales are being shut down in China’s central Hunan province because one strain of bird flu has turned deadly for people. Americans are being cautioned about the outbreak, but are not being warned against travel to Hunan. China is temporarily closing the live poultry markets in Hunan because five deaths are now attributed to… 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

American Thanksgiving in Hong Kong was served with Salmonella

At least 33 customers of an American restaurant were sickened from the turkey served as part of a Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant, Dan Ryan’s, is cooperating with the investigation into the illnesses by Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. Ryan’s has also said it will cover medical costs and provide unspecified support to those… Continue Reading

Hairy crabs taking dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs into Hong Kong

Among six hairy crab samples — three collected at the import level and three from retail sales — Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety recently found one with levels of dioxin and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs that exceeded the maximum allowed by law. The finding promoted further review and caused Hong Kong to suspend import… Continue Reading

One child dead; Salmonella outbreak ‘may not have peaked yet’

A Salmonella outbreak in Europe that may have been ongoing since 2012 is believed to be responsible for the recent death of a child in Croatia and is suspected to be wider spread than originally thought. The outbreak has been traced by multiple countries to eggs from Poland. Recalls are ongoing across Europe and in… Continue Reading

A busy food safety day in Hong Kong

Finding excessive cadmium in imported cooked snow crab, a preservative not permitted in vinegar, and excessive pesticide residues in three vegetable samples made for a busy Friday at Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS). The unit of Food and Environmental Hygiene Department reported the findings going into the weekend, warning food businesses to stop… Continue Reading

Hong Kong discovers drug residues in pigs from mainland China

An initial 40 pigs imported in shipments by Hong Kong from the mainland of China were slaughtered and distributed recently in local markets before preliminary urine tests discovered the pork contained residues of veterinary drugs not seen in the city since 2012. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD), a unit of the Hong Kong… Continue Reading