A batch of bottled preserved bean curd contaminated with Bacillus cereus
|Source of Information||
Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
Bottled preserved bean curd
|Product Name and Description||
Product name: Fermented Chili Bean Curd with Sesame Oil
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The sample was collected from YATA Department Store, Phase III New Town Plaza, Sha Tin for testing under the CFS' routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that the sample contained Bacillus cereus at a level of 470 000 per gram. According to the "Microbiological Guidelines for Food", it is potentially injurious to health or unfit for human consumption if a gram of ready-to-eat food contains more than 100 000 of Bacillus cereus.
Bacillus cereus is commonly found in the environment. Unhygienic conditions in food processing and storage may give rise to its growth. Consuming food contaminated with excessive Bacillus cereus may cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting and diarrhoea.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
The CFS has informed the vendor and distributor concerned of the test result, instructed them to stop the sale of the food concerned and initiate a recall, and is tracing the source and distribution of the food item in question.
|Advice to the Trade||
Stop selling the affected batch of the product immediately.
|Advice to Consumers||
Not to consume the affected product. Seek medical advice if feel sick upon consumption.
The CFS press release
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department