A kind of pre-packed shelled pistachio imported from Italy was contaminated with aflatoxins
|Source of Information||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission
Pre-packed shelled pistachio
|Product Name and Description||
Product name: Pistacchio Crudo
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The kind of pre-packed shelled pistachio was detected with aflatoxins at a level of 282 microgram (µg) per kg. The Italian packer has initiated a recall of the affected product. A small amount of the affected product has been imported to Hong Kong.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
Upon receiving the notification, the CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned in Hong Kong, Ellermann Trading Limited, for marking and sealing of the remaining stock found in the importer’s warehouse. According to the information provided by the importer, a certain amount of the affected product has been delivered to a retailer, but the product has yet to be put on shelves. Hence, the CFS believed that the product concerned has not entered the local market. The retailer will return the affected product to the importer for mark-and-seal and disposal by the CFS.
|Advice to the Trade||
Stop selling the affected product immediately.
|Advice to Consumers||
Stop consuming the product concerned.
Members of the public who have bought the affected product overseas are advised to stop consuming it and submit it to the CFS at 2/F, Fa Yuen Street Municipal Services Building, 123A Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, during office hours for disposal.
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department