Canned fish from Japan may contain foreign matters

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (November 15) urged the public not to consume certain batches of a kind of canned fish from Japan as they are suspected to contain foreign matters. The trade should also stop selling the products concerned.

"The CFS, through its routine Food Incident Surveillance System, learned that the Japanese authorities had issued a notice that a manufacturer, Maruha Nichiro Corporation is recalling several kinds of canned fish products as they may contain foreign matters," a spokesman for the CFS said.

The spokesman said upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately liaised with local major retailers and importers and preliminary investigation found that City Super Limited had imported one of the affected products. Details of the product are as follows:

Product name: Maruha Canned Pacific Saury with teriyaki sauce
Name of Manufacturer: Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Importer: City Super Limited
JAN Codes: 4901901356141 and 4901901392989
Production Code: MNKK
Best Before dates: December 1, 2016 to May 1, 2018

According to the information provided by the importer, the import quantity of the affected batches of the product was 1980 cans which were for sale at its supermarket chain. The affected products have all been sold out and the importer has initiated a recall. Members of the public may call the company's hotline at 2736 3866 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

"The CFS has contacted with the Japanese authorities and will alert the trade to the incident," he said.

The CFS will continue to closely monitor the case and take appropriate follow-up action. Investigation is ongoing.

Ends/Tuesday, November 15, 2016