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Malaysian canned fish rejected by UK authorities

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:28 pm

LONDON (March 1, 2011): A large quantity of canned fish from Malaysia has been ordered to be taken off the shelves because of health and safety concerns.

The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Authority  (FSA) has issued two alerts on Mas-River brand fried dace with salted black beans as it was found to contain high levels of histamine that can cause scombrotoxic fish poisoning.

Symptoms of scombrotoxic fish poisoning are similar to those of an allergic reaction and include skin rash, low blood pressure, vomitting and diarrhoea. Other symptoms include headaches, dizziness, palpitations and abdominal cramps.

In the first alert issued on Jan 19, the FSA said the "product has been found to originate from an unapproved establishment in Malaysia and high levels of histamine have been found in one batch".

"As the affected product is from an unapproved establishment and may pose a risk to human health, local authorities are requested to contact distributors in their area to ensure the product is withdrawn from sale and recalled from consumers," it said in a directive to local council health and trading standards officers.

In a second alert, dated Feb 10, it said: "The agency has received further information confirming that the product is a composite product containing less than half of its substance as processed fishery product. This means the product does not need to come from an approved establishment as stated on the original Food Alert for Action."

However, the alert added: "The batch of the product found to contain high levels of histamine is still subject to recall. A recall of the affected batch has been carried out by the UK importer, Oriental Merchant (Europe) Ltd.

"Product recall notices have been issued to stores that sell the product, explaining why it has been recalled and actions consumers can take if they have bought it."

In the second alert, the FSA directed local authority health and trading standards officers to remove the product from sale during routine inspections. Food business operators, it added, should also be encouraged to issue point-of-sale notices explaining the reasons for the recall to consumers.

As a result, officials from the Norwich City Council seized a large quantity of the fish from three outlets.

Jaan Stanton, the city council's food safety team manager, said environmental health officers visited the premises in Norwich and remaining stocks have been removed from sale.
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