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Eggs import from Hunan to be banned

by 5m Editor
24 November 2006, at 11:55am

CHINA - The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) yesterday found that one chicken egg sample from Hunan Province had contained Sudan dye, a cancer-causing substance the mainland has found in some duck eggs earlier.

The centre had collected the sample from Sun Sun egg shop at Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market. The shop had imported the eggs from the mainland.

Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow said the government would ban the egg import from Hunan but added that the products would not be taken off the markets as the health risks are minimal.

Chow also said that the government was considering legislation requiring the importers to show health certificates.

Meanwhile, the test results on the duck eggs originated from Hubei Shendan Healthy Food Co Ltd and sold at a fair organized by Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium Ltd, showed that one egg sample had contained 0.035mg per 1,000 grams Sudan red.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang yesterday urged health officials to pay extra efforts to address the food safety concern of the public.

Source: China Daily

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