Hong Kong im­porters pull tainted hairy crabs

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Im­porters of hairy crabs in Hong Kong re­called pro­duce from two aqua­cul­ture farms in Jiangsu prov­ince on Wed­nes­day, as ex­ces­sive lev­els of chem­i­cals linked to cancer were found in sam­ples.

But some im­porters re­fused to sus­pend sales, claim­ing that they source their crabs from other farms and the two con­cerned farms only han­dle im­port pa­per­work for them.

Two sam­ples of hairy crabs, im­ported from Wu­jiang Wan­qing Taihu Crab Breed­ing Co and Jiangsu Taihu Aquatic Prod­uct Co, were found to con­tain 11.7 picograms and 40.3 picograms per gram of diox­ins and dioxin­like poly­chlo­ri­nated biphenyls re­spec­tively. The toxic chem­i­cal com­pounds can lead to re­pro­duc­tive and de­vel­op­men­tal prob­lems, dam­age the im­mune sys­tem, in­ter­fere with hor­mones and cause cancer.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ter for Food Safety in Hong Kong, the ac­cept­able level of the two chem­i­cals con­tained in food is 6.5 picograms.

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