Malachite Green

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

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

A healthy new year?

If those entrusted to make the big decisions for Hong Kong can put aside their fears and choose to be assertive next year, 2006 could go down as a turning point for health, not just in Hong Kong, but all of China.

6 May 2015 - 4:35pm

Action urged on fish and vegetables

Food laws are outdated or non-existent, says safety expert

Health experts advising the government on food safety yesterday urged officials to update laws to regulate residual chemicals in fish and the use of pesticides in vegetables.

But health minister York Chow Yat-ngok told legislators earlier that control of safety standards in vegetables was not a priority.

21 Dec 2006 - 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

Latest scare hits saltwater fish sales

Saltwater fish sales fell yesterday after samples were found to contain a cancer-causing antibiotic, but traders expect business to return to normal within days.

Freshwater fish traders were also given hope that supplies from the mainland, suspended more than 10 days ago, could resume soon.

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

Trust new list of fish farms, say inspectors

Guangdong sites can supply city safely, officials insist after inspecting them

Hong Kong food officials gave assurances they had inspected the 26 accredited Guangdong freshwater fish farms on a list issued yesterday.

They are also confident these farms can supply Hong Kong with fish free of the cancer-causing chemical malachite green.

28 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Chemical scare halts fish sales

Taiwan banned the sale of grouper from several fish farms yesterday after confirming that 15 samples had tested positive for traces of the cancer-causing chemical malachite green - barely two weeks after it claimed there was no problem with the fish.

16 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Smuggled fish seized amid supply crunch

Customs has cracked the first fish smuggling case this year. Officers seized 1.7 tonnes of live and frozen freshwater fish worth $81,400 from a barge off Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Market yesterday.

10 Sep 2005 - 12:00am