October 28, 2008


Hong Kong expands testing on Chinese food imports

Hong Kong has expanded its testing of Chinese food products following the discovery of melamine-contaminated eggs.


High levels of melamine were detected in a brand of Chinese eggs on Saturday, suggesting that contamination may have come from animal feeds.


As a result, Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety will begin testing Chinese pork, farmed fish and offal products, according to Health secretary York Chow.


From the tests conducted so far, feed used by farmers in Hong Kong appears to be free of contamination, and local farmers said they do not use imported feed.


The tests follow last month's melamine-contaminated milk scandal in China, which led to the deaths of four infants and hospitalisation of thousands others.