Summer times and food safety

Summer times and food safety

The warm weather in summer can lead to higher risk of food poisoning due to bacteria because bacteria grow faster in warm environments. This year, many regions of the world have a summer with temperature higher than their usual average. As such, CFS would like to remind members of the public and trade to be vigilant particularly during summer times to ensure food safety.

One food poisoning bacteria with particular concern is Vibrio parahaemolyticus (VP), which is the leading cause of food poisoning in Hong Kong. VP is commonly found in coastal waters. Men are usually affected because of the consumption of raw or undercooked seafood. Cooked food can also be cross-contaminated with the bacteria. VP can cause food poisoning symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting and sometimes mild fever.

Members of the public and trade are reminded to apply the "Five Keys to Food Safety" to prevent food poisoning. All food premises engaged in the preparation and/or sale of sashimi and sushi are subjected to licensing control.

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