Food scandals occurs are around the world. The news you would not forget, should be Chinese milk scandal in 2008, malachite green found in fish and antibiotics found in meat. To ensure your food is free from these chemicals, you should check your food regularly and understand the sources of these chemicals.
What is Melamine?
Melamine is an industrial chemical used for the production of melamine resins which can be used in glues, paper, textiles, kitchen utensils, etc. However, some people have abused melamine to boost nitrogen levels during protein test for dairy products. Melamine is not allowed to be added to food in any quantity.
In Hong Kong, melamine has already been stipulated in the “Harmful Substance in Food Regulation” (Cap. 132 AF)” to protect the public health. According to the regulation, milk, any food intended to be consumed principally by children under the age of 36 months and any food intended to be consumed principally by pregnant or lactating women shall not contain melamine exceeding 1 mg/kg. For other food, melamine level shall not exceed 2.5 mg/kg.
What is Malachite Green?
Malachite green (MG), also called Basic green 4 or Victoria green B, is a toxic chemical primarily used as a dye. When diluted, it can be used as a topical antiseptic or to treat parasites, fungal infections, and bacterial infections in fish and fish eggs.
When fish is treated with MG, this substance will be absorbed and metabolised in tissues of fish. It has been reported that one of its major metabolites, namely, leucomalachite green (LMG), would persist in fish tissues for a long period of time.
The US, the EU (including the UK), Canada, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the Mainland China do not permit the use of MG as a veterinary drug on food animals, aquaculture or fish for human consumption. In Hong Kong, MG has been included in the “Harmful Substances in Food Regulations” to prohibit the presence of MG in all food sold in Hong Kong. This legislative amendment makes it an offence to import or sell for human consumption any food containing MG. Offenders will be prosecuted and upon conviction will be liable to a fine of $50,000 and to imprisonment for 6 months.
What is Antibiotics?
Antibiotics is a veterinary medicine which use to treat animals with infectious diseases and prevent illness or their spread within a hard. It may leave residues in animal products such as meat and milk. When antibiotics are administered to animals, they can kill or stop the growth of susceptible bacteria. However, bacteria that are resistnat to antibiotics can multiply at the same time, eventually leading to an antibiotic-resistant bacterial population. In Hong Kong, the Harmful Substances in Food Regulations (Cap. 132AF) govern the import and sale of food containing harmful substances.
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