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Food alert on contaminated Scottish salmon

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) was informed by the United Kingdom (UK) authorities today (February 20) that six boxes (totalling some 135kg) of Scottish salmon suspected of being contaminated with petroleum products had been imported to Hong Kong.

Following up on the case, the CFS learnt that the product was sold as "Scotland salmon/Scotland Atlantic salmon" in the following four shops:

*Park'N Superstore, G25, G/F, Block C, Discovery Bay Plaza (loose pack on demand by customer, sale starting February 15)

*Park'N Superstore, Level 2, Hong Kong Park View, RBL 1051, Tai Tam Reservoir Road (loose pack on demand by customer, sale starting February 16)

*Taste, Shop No. 201-3, 2/F, Stanley Plaza, Ma Hang (in pre-packaged form and the packing date is February 15; in loose pack on demand by customer, sale starting February 15)

*Taste, Shop No.5, MTR Level, Festival Walk, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon (loose pack on demand by customer, sale starting February 15)

According to the information provided by the UK authorities, the chemicals implicated in the problem are present at low levels which are very unlikely to be a risk to health.

"As a precautionary measure, people are advised not to eat the concerned product. The shops concerned have stopped selling the product. We are closely monitoring the situation," a spokesman for CFS said.

Ends/Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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