Banned drug found in fish dish

Malachite green, a banned veterinary drug, has been detected in a sample of Mandarin fish with pine nuts in sweet and sour sauce during a quality check at a restaurant by the Centre for Food Safety.

Wednesday, 29 December, 2010, 12:00am

Stick that's hard to beat

Alice asks: I love cinnamon - what simple recipes can I make to enjoy its flavour?

Wynnie says: We usually think of cinnamon as a spice used in baking, or sprinkled on top of hot chocolate or pancakes. But it's used as a savoury spice in main dishes, too.

28 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Unhappy returns

Rhoda Chan (not her real name) leaves her doctor's office with a prescription to treat yet another yeast infection. She is fed up with the symptoms, which have become so bad she shies away from friends and family.

28 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Tests find illegal additive in meat

Preservatives that can brighten the colour of fresh meat to make it more appealing to shoppers were found in five samples taken for tests by the Centre for Food Safety.

Its fifth food safety report released yesterday said about 15,600 samples were tested, of which around 3,200 were taken for microbiological tests and 12,100 for chemical tests.

28 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Focus to be on harmful drugs, chemicals in food

Beijing will target dangerous drugs and cancer-causing chemicals added to seafood and poultry in a campaign to ensure mainland agricultural products are safe for domestic consumption and export.

26 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Guangdong food safe enough for HK, says official

Bureau gives assurances that produce has passed 'strict tests'

Food exported from Guangdong to Hong Kong is safe, a provincial food safety official said yesterday.

Chen Dewei , deputy director of the Guangdong Food and Drug Administration, made the remark in response to a question on how the quality of food sent to Hong Kong would be guaranteed.

5 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Fear of tainted food 'irrational'

Food safety centre chief says contamination is low-risk

Compared with the risks of food poisoning, people have an irrational fear of food being contaminated by chemicals, according the head of the Centre for Food Safety.

15 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Freshwater fish supplies resume after scare

Local freshwater fish wholesalers received their first supplies from the mainland in nearly three weeks, following a suspension after tests in the city found traces of the cancer-causing fungicide malachite green and banned antibiotic nitrofuran in fish samples. The first shipment was four tonnes of carp from Zhongshan .

17 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Saltwater fish supply returns to normal

Supplies of saltwater fish from the mainland are expected to return to normal today after a four-day halt.

Chamber of Seafood Merchants chairman Lee Choi-wah said limited supplies of shellfish, crabs and shrimp resumed yesterday with the arrival of about 30 tonnes - 60 per cent less than normal.

14 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Mainland seafood exports to resume

Saltwater fish could be on sale tomorrow but freshwater stock for solstice in doubt

Seafood from the mainland could be back in Hong Kong's markets tomorrow after an agreement was struck yesterday for imports - halted since the weekend by a de facto ban - to resume today.

However, it could be another 10 days before imports of freshwater fish resume.

13 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Fish investigators declare farms safe

The government yesterday insisted the mainland's monitoring system for freshwater fish was effective after Guangdong cleared its fish farms of responsibility for the banned chemicals discovered in fish supplied to Hong Kong.

Guangdong authorities said their investigation suggested the contamination might have occurred at wholesale or retail level.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Tighter registration rules planned at food market

Updated at 1.34pm: The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said on Tuesday it was tightening up registration rules at the Western Wholesale Food Market to help maintain the quality of freshwater fish there.

A department spokesman said that from Tuesday all visitors and vehicles to the market would now have to register.

30 May 2006 - 12:00am

HK?s freshwater fish industry discussed in Legco

Updated at 1.42pm: There was no law requiring imported freshwater fish into Hong Kong to be accompanied by health certificates, Health Secretary York Chow told the Legco on Wednesday.

17 May 2006 - 12:00am

Registration scheme to thwart fish smugglers

The government is pressing ahead with plans to implement a registration system for people going into the Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Food Market despite opposition from traders.

13 May 2006 - 12:00am

Top-selling first aid kit in a bottle

The magical tea tree oil was discovered hundreds of years ago, and in 1923, a New South Wales government botanist released scientific evidence about the antiseptic properties of the tea tree oil, and recommended doctors and nurses use it.

During the second world war, the Australian government issued bottles of tea tree oil as a disinfectant to soldiers.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am