A spokesman for the centre said,”through the constant food monitoring programme, the centre sampled the above crucian carp samples from a stall in the Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Food Market for testing. The results showed that the samples contained malachite green, with a content of 0.978 parts per billion.”
The spokesman said that the center was aware that it would be involved in the above-mentioned violations of stallholders and instructed them to stop selling the relevant products. The centre is also investigating the source and distribution of the products.
Malachite green is an industrial dye, which is used to treat fish diseases. At present, many countries have banned the use of malachite green in edible animals. According to the hazardous substances in food regulation (cap 132AF), malachite green should not be contained in any food sold in Hong Kong. Offenders will be prosecuted and liable on conviction to a fine of $50000 and imprisonment for six months.
The center will continue to follow up the incident and take appropriate actions. The investigation continues.