[食品安全] 香港食安中心 : 盞記螺片超標140倍

[食品安全] 香港食安中心 : 盞記螺片超標140倍

3賀年食品含二氧化硫超標
AM730(2012年01月12日)


食物安全中心抽取市場上684個賀年食品的樣本作測試,結果有3個樣本含超出法定上限的防腐劑二氧化硫。其中屯門新墟街市「日昌號」抽取的糖冬瓜,以及在太子始創中心「樓上」抽取的竹笙,二氧化硫含量分別是百萬分之661及百萬分之3,100,超出百萬分之500的法定上限。在藍田匯景商場「盞記」抽取的螺片,二氧化硫含量為百萬分之4,270,超出法定上限的百萬分之30。
該中心發言人稱,二氧化硫毒性低,可溶於水中,徹底浸洗和煮熟食物,可清除大部分二氧化硫。而不合格的樣本在正常食用情況下,不會對市民健康造成不良影響。但個別對這種防腐劑有過敏反應的人,或會出現氣喘、頭痛或噁心等徵狀。
3賀年食品不合格
盞記螺片超標140倍


【新報訊】
食物安全中心抽查逾600個賀年食品樣本,發現其中3個不合格,包括「盞記」一個螺片、「樓上舖」一個竹笙樣本和「日昌號」一個糖冬瓜等。3個樣本被驗出防腐劑二氧化硫超出法定上限。中心已經要求商戶停售及銷毀問題食品,並發出警告信;如有足夠證據,會提出檢控。
食物安全中心在過去數周,從本地的超級市場、雜貨店、街市及食肆抽取了逾6,000個賀年食品樣本,包括糕點(如蘿蔔糕和年糕)、油器(如煎堆和油角)、中式糖果、湯圓、瓜子、齋菜、海味、臘味及盆菜等樣本,進行微生物和化學檢測。

樓上舖竹笙亦超上限
微生物檢測包括總含菌量和多種能引致食物中毒的致病菌(如沙門氏菌、產氣莢膜梭狀芽胞桿菌、蠟樣芽胞桿菌及金黃葡萄球菌)。化學檢測則包括防腐劑(如二氧化硫、苯甲酸和甲醛)、染色料(如蘇丹紅)、抗氧化劑、金屬雜質(如鎘、水銀和砷)及毒素(如黃曲霉毒素)。
結果發現,其中3個不合格,包括藍田「盞記」一包螺片、旺角「樓上舖」的竹笙,以及屯門「日昌號」的糖冬瓜,防腐劑二氧化硫超出法定上限。其中螺片超標逾140倍,另外兩個都超標十多至六十多倍。

食安中心或提出檢控
食安中心指,二氧化硫屬低毒性,徹底浸洗和煮熟食物可以清除,於正常食用下不會影響健康,但對這種防腐劑有過敏反應的人可能會出現氣喘、頭痛或惡心等症狀。
中心已經要求商戶停售及銷毀問題食品,並發出警告信;如有足夠證據,會提出檢控。

CFS announces test results on Lunar New Year food
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   CFS announces test results on Lunar New Year food
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      The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) recently completed a seasonal food surveillance project to assess the safety of Lunar New Year (LNY) festive food. Among the 684 samples collected, three samples were found to be unsatisfactory. The overall satisfactory rate was 99.6%.

     "The CFS collected different types of LNY food, including steamed puddings (e.g. turnip pudding and festive cake), fried dumplings (e.g. sesame balls and crispy triangles), sweetened fruits and vegetables, glutinous rice balls, seeds, dried vegetables and dried soybean products, dried aquatic products, Chinese preserved meat as well as 'poon choi' from local supermarkets, groceries, market stalls and restaurants in the past few weeks for microbiological and chemical tests," a spokesman for the CFS said today (January 11).

     Microbiological tests covered total bacterial counts and different food poisoning organisms, such as Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus. Chemical tests targeted preservatives (e.g. sulphur dioxide, benzoic acid and formaldehyde), colouring matter (e.g. Sudan dyes), antioxidants, metallic contamination (e.g. cadmium, mercury and arsenic) and toxins (e.g. aflatoxin).

     "Test results showed that one sliced sea volute sample, one sweetened winter melon sample and one bamboo fungus sample were found to contain a preservative, sulphur dioxide, at levels of 4,270 parts per million (ppm), 661 ppm and 3,100 ppm respectively, exceeding the legal limit of 30 ppm for sliced sea volute and 500ppm for sweetened winter melon sample and bamboo fungus," the spokesman said.

     "Sulphur dioxide is of low toxicity and water-soluble. It can largely be removed through washing, soaking and cooking. Upon normal consumption it is unlikely that the three unsatisfactory samples with sulphur dioxide at the detected levels would pose adverse health effects to consumers. Nevertheless, susceptible individuals who are allergic to it may experience shortness of breath, headache and nausea," he said.

     Regarding the unsatisfactory samples, the spokesman said that the CFS had taken follow-up action including source tracing, requesting concerned vendors to stop the sale and to dispose of those food items, taking further samples and issuing warning letters. If there is sufficient evidence, prosecution will be taken.

     He reminded the food trade to follow Good Manufacturing Practice and comply with legal requirements when using food addictives. Retailers should source food from reliable suppliers to ensure that the ingredients used are within legal standards as well as to maintain a good recording system to allow source tracing if needed.

     The Food Safety Ordinance is now effective. Upon the expiry of the grace period by the end of this month (January 31), any person who does not register but carries on a food importation or distribution business, or fails to comply with the record-keeping requirement, commits an offence. He urged all food traders to observe the requirements of the Ordinance.

     The spokesman also advised consumers to buy LNY food from reliable retailers with good hygienic conditions; make sure the packaging of prepackaged cakes and snacks is intact and note the expiry dates; and pay attention to the hygienic conditions of food containers and personal hygiene of staff in buying non-packaged food (e.g. sweetened lotus seeds, nuts and melon seeds).

     "Consumers should choose food products with natural colour. Brightly white pistachios may have been bleached and melon seeds with unnatural gloss may have had mineral oil added. Consumption of these food products can cause gastrointestinal discomfort," he said.

     The spokesman also reminded members of the public that festive cakes that are not for immediate consumption should be kept refrigerated. They should pay attention to expiry dates and cook thoroughly before consumption. Discard those with mould or an abnormal smell or taste. Nuts and melon seeds should not be kept for a long time and mouldy ones should not be eaten.

     "During Lunar New Year, one should always maintain a balanced diet and avoid foods that are high in energy, sugar, salt, fat or cholesterol," he said.

Ends/Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Issued at HKT 11:14

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