Not to consume two batches of prepackaged fish roe suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
|Source of Information||
Food Safety Centre, Macau
Prepackaged fish roe
|Product Name and Description||
Product name: Fish roe
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
Upon receipt of a notification from the Food Safety Centre, Macau, that the two batches of prepackaged fish roe imported from Hong Kong were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) immediately contacted the local importer concerned, Quality Products (HK) Ltd. According to information provided by the importer, the affected products were all supplied to distributors in Hong Kong and Macau, with no stock left.
The importer concerned is now recalling the products of the two affected batches and to stop the sale of products of same kind but of different batches.
Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperatures. Most healthy individuals do not develop symptoms or only have mild symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea when infected. However, severe complications such as septicemia, meningitis or even death may occur in newborns, the elderly and those with a weaker immune system. Although infected pregnant women may just experience mild symptoms generally, the infection of Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage, infant death, preterm birth, or severe infection in the newborns.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
The CFS is tracing the distribution of the products concerned. The CFS has also taken samples of products of the same kind but of different batches from the manufacturer for testing.
|Advice to the Trade||
Stop using or selling the affected products if having them in possession.
|Advice to Consumers||
Not to consume the affected batches of the products.
The CFS press release
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department