- Why sustainable seafood?
- For industry
- For consumers
Cap. 132V Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulation 2018
proscribes the sale of food with specified metals in excessive concentrations
Usually found in farmed fish.
Tests found malachite green in Orange-spotted grouper (2020), Brown-marbled grouper (2020), snakehead (2021), fried dace (2015).
Researchers also found malachite green in Chinese perch and Grass carps (2019). Toxic to the liver, the thyroid and can damage genes.
Cap. 132AF Harmful Substances in Food Regulations
proscribes the sale of food with harmful substances in excessive concentrations, including malachite green
Tests found PSP toxins in fresh scallops (2007) and poisoning from contaminated sea snails occurred (2021).
Severe Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning can cause headaches, dizziness, or even difficulty in swallowing and speech, paralysis, or death.
Section 54 of Cap. 132 Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance
All food for sale in Hong Kong must be fit for human consumption.
Ciguatera Fish Poisoning were reported in multiple reef fish species, especially groupers, snappers, and moray eels. Can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, low blood pressure, slow heart rate, and respiratory difficulties are possible.
Centre for Food Safety encourages businesses to comply with the Code of Practice when importing and selling live reef fishes.
consult the following table:
|Metal||Food||Max Level (mg/kg)|
|Antimony||Fish; Oysters; Crabs; Prawns and shrimps||1|
|Arsenic||Aquatic animals, other than fish||0.5|
|Fish; Fish oil||0.1|
|Crustaceans; Bivalve molluscs; Cephalopods; Gastropods||2|
|Chromium||Fish; Oysters; Crabs; Prawns and shrimps||1|
|Lead||Aquatic animals aside the other categories||1|
|Mercury (total mercury)||Aquatic animals, other than fish||0.5|