The food safety authority of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) announced Saturday [23 September 2017] that the import into and sale within Hong Kong of raw oysters and shellfish from Australia’s Tasmania has been suspended with immediate effect. The trade should stop using and selling the product immediately should they possess it, said the Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the HKSAR government’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department…Full Article: Sept 2017

Key Point

  • Hong Kong suspended oyster imports from Blackmans Bay (Lease 44), southern Tasmania, due to a detection of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin. PSP toxin can cause respiratory arrest and potentially death if consumed.

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2015 to 2016, Chinese (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) imports of raw oysters (fresh/chilled) increased from 5,772 MTs to 6,787 MTs. The bulk of this supply originated from France, while USA, Canada, and Australia were secondary suppliers. Over the same period, Chinese imports of smoked oysters increased from 1,634 MTs to 2,003 MTs. South Korea and Japan were the primary suppliers. Hong Kong was the primary importer for both types of oysters.

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