Hong Kong food agency finds melamine at fish farm

13 November 2008 11:34  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--A Hong Kong fish farm has found the toxic chemical melamine in fish feed following previous scandals over melamine-tainted milk and eggs, China’s Xinhua News reported on Thursday.

The feed sample that tested positive for melamine was taken from a marine fish farm in Hong Kong’s Cheung Sha Wan district.

According to a report on the website of Hong Kong’s food watchdog Center for Food Safety (CFS), a fish farmer sourced the Sea Horse brand feed, which was manufactured by Fujian Sea Horse Feed Co, from the Chinese mainland and brought it to Hong Kong.

The feed company said it is not certain if the feed in question was produced by their company, according to Xinhua.

"We advise local fish and livestock farmers to request their feed suppliers to ascertain that the feed they supply does not contain melamine,” the CFS spokesman said on the website.

In September, melamine-tainted milk supplies were blamed for sickening more than 50,000 children and causing at least four deaths in China.

On 25 October, as China’s melamine-tainted milk scandal began to abate, the detection of melamine-tainted eggs was reported in Hong Kong.

Some melamine buyers in China were under investigation for allegedly having added the chemical to milk products and animal feeds to make them appear rich in protein content.

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Dolly Wu contributed to this article.

By: Judith Wang
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