Navigation Links
Hong Kong to Tighten Food Safety Laws

New food safety laws are to be introduced in Hong Kong following a series of scares over contaminated food from China, officials announced Thursday.//

The measures will allow the government to force wholesalers and retailers to withdraw food from sale if there are concerns, the territory's minister for health York Chow announced.

The move comes after scares over fish and eggs imported into Hong Kong from China in recent weeks which have turned out to be contaminated with potentially cancer-causing substances.

Freshwater fish imports to the city of 6.8 million from neighbouring Guangdong province have been halted after some were found to contain the carcinogenic substance malachite green.

Eggs imported from China have also been found to contain a potentially dangerous red dye injected into the yolk to give it an appearance favoured by some Chinese buyers.

Health officials in Hong Kong were criticised for their response to the scares during which they at first insisted no contaminated eggs had been imported before admitting they had.

Legislators Thursday passed a motion expressing concern at the government's handling of the scares and calling for tighter controls to be implemented.

Chow said the government currently had no powers to order the recall of tainted food items but told legislators new laws would be tabled within two months to give officials more power.

Earlier, health secretary Carrie Yau told legislators public warnings were not always issued when contaminated foods were discovered by government laboratories to avoid alarming people.

A spokeswoman for the Consumer Council said she hoped tough penalties could be introduced under the new food safety laws to punish wholesalers and retailers who knowingly sold tainted food.

Most of the poultry, meat and eggs consumed in Hong Kong, a densely-populated city with no agricultural industry, are imp orted from neighboring China.


Related medicine news :

1. U.S. To Tighten Sick Passenger, Quarantine Rules
2. Bird Flu Threat Prompts Tightened Security Across Hong Kong Border
3. New standards for Human Research Safety
4. Safety of soy under suspicion
5. The Safety Of Prenatal Ultrasounds Questioned
6. Report on the Safety and Effectiveness of Melatonin supplements
7. Monitoring Drug Safety
8. Safety Of Indian Sex Workers At Risk Due To Poor Condom Usage
9. Safety Of Heart Drug Questioned
10. Race Was Used To Determine Safety Of Blood
11. Patient Safety Forces Closure Of Hospital
Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published June ... with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking ... common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 ... dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery ... are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Pulmonary ... Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to support its work ... marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, an orthodontist ... has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic Suresmile technology, ... , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It can be used ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business for ... $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the same ... wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more predictable. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ... company developing innovative inhaled drugs, announced today that it ... Russell Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of U.S. ... "This is an important milestone for Pulmatrix," said ... increase shareholder awareness of our progress in developing drugs ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and Markets ... Market - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... method for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces the ... from the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps to ... chloride in balance. Increasing number of ESRD ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; ... for its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a ... septic shock. With this clearance, Roche is the first ... integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment and management. ... infection and PCT levels in blood can aid clinicians ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: