12, 2008, 7:51 A.M. ET
Hong Kong Officials
Find Toxic Chemical in Fish Feed
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KONG -- Hong Kong safety officials found elevated levels of a toxic
industrial chemical in fish feed from mainland China, though they said they
haven't yet found the substance in fish.
Kong's Centre for Food Safety said late Tuesday the fish feed contained 6.6
parts per million of melamine, the chemical at the center of China's
tainted-milk scandal. Like many others, Hong Kong's
government limits the level of melamine in food products to 2.5 parts per
chemical, used to make plastics and other goods, was added to powdered baby
formula and other dairy products and has been blamed for the deaths of at
least three infants and the hospitalization of thousands more. Attention has
since turned to other types of food. Last month Hong
Kong officials found melamine in eggs, leading to concerns about
melamine-tainted animal feed and the presence of the chemical in other parts
of the food supply.
the center said tests of fish from four farms that used the feed turned up
satisfactory levels. The results are consistent with an earlier study
conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that animal feed tainted
with melamine had limited effect on meat, it said.
center said the feed came from Fuzhou Haima Feed
Co., in China's
province. Company officials couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.
Hong Kong safety officials said the city's
agricultural and fisheries department told fish farms not to use the feed and
will continue tests. Officials said they will also continue to test milks,
eggs, meat and other products.
year, U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said they found melamine in
Canadian-manufactured fish meal containing what was labeled as wheat gluten
imported from China,
contributing to tensions between the two sides over food safety. When added
to food, melamine can make it seem more protein-rich.
Hong Kong health officials said Wednesday they were investigating the cases of
two four-year-old Hong Kong girls with
kidney stones who had consumed melamine-tainted milk products and biscuits.
The girls were treated and released, the city's Department of Health said.