Autumn is the best season for savouring freshwater hairy crabs, when they are at their best with very tasty, tender meat and delectable roe, bringing great enjoyment to crab lovers. In many groceries, supermarkets and restaurants, this seasonal food is showcased prominently to entice customers. Some members of the public find this delicacy irresistable. However, they should not overindulge themselves with this cholesterol-rich cuisine. Hairy crabs may harbour parasites and pathogens. They should be cooked thoroughly before consumption. As regards concerns on chemicals (e.g. veterinary drug residues, synthetic hormones and heavy metals) in hairy crabs, the Centre for Food Safety has been testing hairy crab samples taken at import and retail levels, and the results of which have all been satisfactory in recent years.

The public are advised to note the following food safety tips when buying, preparing or consuming hairy crabs: