The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong announced August 3 that a ban on the import and sale within Hong Kong of all "Hung Rui Chen" (Horng Ryen Jen) sandwiches produced in Taiwan has been imposed, with immediate effect.
Salmonella in Sandwiches?
The sandwiches have been suspected to be related to a number of food poisoning cases earlier on. Until August 7, 86 Hong Kong consumers are likely to have been poisoned by this product. Symptoms of poisoning included diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. Salmonella was isolated from a number of stool samples taken. Consumers that were affected bought the sandwiches from different markets, including supermarkets, exhibition booth, through internet or cell phone app. CFS urged citizens not to eat any sandwiches of the brand, regardless of batch or flavor. Additionally, the trade should stop using or selling affected products.
Food Safety in Hong Kong
According to Section 54 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132), as prescribed by CFS, all food for sale in Hong Kong, whether locally produced or imported, should be fit for human consumption. An offender is subject to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months upon conviction.
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