Food Safety Focus (39th Issue, October 2009) – Food for Thought
Starting from this issue, we introduce this new "Food for Thought" column with a purpose to better our general knowledge in food safety (i.e. identify food hazards and tackle them), so that we can choose our food wisely and handle our food safely. Let's begin with the hairy crab, a seasonal Chinese delicacy, which is now widely available.
|Food Safety/Health Concerns in Hairy Crab||Advice to the Public|
|Infestation of parasite (such as Paragonimus westermani) and bacterial spoilage||
|Abuse of veterinary drugs (such as antibiotics) and synthetic hormones used in crabs to promote growth||
|Pollutants (such as heavy metals) for crabs cultivated in contaminated water.||