99.8pc of food samples safe, watchdog says

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 May, 2009, 12:00am

Tests on 5,200 food samples by the Centre for Food Safety found 99.8 per cent of items met safety standards. Eight samples - leaf mustard, pickled plum, fried water spinach, fresh pork, chilled raw oyster, crab chips, nopal (prickly pear) juice and cooked dumplings - failed the tests. A spokesman said the breaches mainly involved excessive or illegal use of preservatives or colouring. He said the centre was trying to trace the items' sources.