Hong Kong's CFS finds more traders who sold imported cheese linked to E.coli contamination

CheeseHong Kong's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) said that two more local importers who sold a type of imported French raw milk cheese linked with an E.coli contamination have issued a product recall

The body has been conducting a follow up on its investigation into an e.coli contamination involving imported raw milk cheese and has asked traders and consumers to stop selling and using the product.

"CFS’ further investigation confirmed that two local importers, City Super Limited and Culina (HK) Ltd, had also imported and sold the above-mentioned affected product. The importers concerned had removed from shelves and stopped the sale of the affected product. They have initiated a recall according to the CFS’ instructions," a spokesman for the CFS said.

"People will contract E. coli causing gastrointestinal disease through consumption of contaminated water or undercooked and contaminated foods. Intestinal bleeding and serious complications such as hemolytic uremic syndrome may also develop in some people. Moreover, due to poor personal hygiene, person-to-person transmission of this pathogen is possible through the oral-faecal route. E. coli cannot survive under high temperature and can be killed by thorough cooking," the spokesman added.

The CFS also said in a statement that it would closely monitor the incident and take appropriate follow-up action. Its investigation is on the matter is on-going.

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