Import and Sale of Raw Oysters from Cancale, France Suspended
10 Apr 2018
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong announced on April 6, 2018, that, effective immediately, the import into and sale in Hong Kong of raw oysters harvested in Cancale, France have been suspended.
"The CFS received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that a local importer, Saison Food Service Limited, had imported raw oysters which were suspected to be contaminated with norovirus. The CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up and the importer confirmed that it had imported the affected oysters from the above-mentioned area. For the sake of prudence, the CFS has immediately suspended the import into and sale within Hong Kong of all raw oysters harvested in the area concerned," a spokesman for the CFS said.
"As oysters feed by filtering a large volume of seawater, pathogens such as norovirus, chemical contaminants and natural toxins can accumulate in them if they are grown in or harvested from contaminated water. Regardless of the season or the region in which the oysters are harvested, consuming oysters, particularly raw or partially cooked ones, carries an inherent food safety risk. Susceptible groups, such as pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems or liver diseases, should avoid eating raw oysters," the spokesman said.
For more information, see the complete press release issues by The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by click here.
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