A batch of anchovy paste suspected to contain histamine
|Source of Information||
Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission
|Product Name and Description||
Product name: La pasta di acciughe
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that a batch of anchovy paste manufactured in Italy was suspected to contain histamine at a level which does not comply with the country’s standard and the affected batch of product is being recalled. According to the information provided by the RASFF, some of the affected product has been imported into Hong Kong.
Based on the information provided by the RASFF, some of the affected batch of the product had been imported into Hong Kong by a local importer, Lorence & Company. Upon learning of the incident, the CFS has immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up. According to the information provided by the importer, a total of 25 cartons of the affected product had been imported into Hong Kong and all had been distributed to local retailers.
Histamine is commonly found in fish of the Scombridae family, as a result of bacterial spoilage. Consumption of fish containing high levels of histamine can cause foodborne intoxication. Symptoms of histamine poisoning include tingling and burning sensation around the mouth, facial flushing and sweating, nausea, vomiting, headache, palpitations, dizziness and rash. The onset of intoxication symptoms is within a few hours and these symptoms will normally disappear in 12 hours without long term effect.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
Upon learning of the incident, the CFS has immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up.
The CFS has alerted the trade to the incident and will continue to closely monitor the case and take appropriate follow-up action.
|Advice to the Trade||
Stop using or selling the affected batch of the product.
|Advice to Consumers||
Not to consume the products concerned.
The CFS press release
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department