Chinese Ban Toxic Anglesey Crab Imports
Chinese officials have banned imports of Anglesey brown crabs over fears they contain dangerous toxins.
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has announced all trade or selling of the meat should stop immediately because of high levels of the element cadmium.
Roughly 224kg of meat from one of the exporters has been seized, according to Hong Kong officials, but the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department in Hong Kong has admitted 160kg has already been distributed.
Customers who have purchased brown crab from the island have been warned not to eat it.
The Chinese market is one of the biggest for Anglesey crab exporters.
Two crab samples from Anglesey have tested for more than five times the legal limit of cadmium, which can cause flu-like including chills, fever, and muscle ache.
A spokesman for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said: “The CFS collected the two brown crab samples from the Isle of Anglesey at import level for testing under its regular Food Surveillance Programme.
“Test results showed the samples contained cadmium at levels of 15 parts per million (ppm) and 22 ppm respectively, exceeding the legal limit of two ppm.”
Consuming cadmium at the detected level may damage kidneys, experts have warned.
The CFS say they have informed relevant authorities in the United Kingdom however when approached by the Daily Post Anglesey Council said they were unaware of the ban.
The spokesman continued: “The CFS immediately contacted two importers concerned.
“The Worldwide Seafood Limited has imported four cartons of the affected product with a total weight of about 64 kg.
“All of the concerned products have been surrendered to the CFS for disposal and none entered the market.
“The Longfine Seafood Trading Company Limited imported 20 cartons of the affected product with a total weight of about 320 kg, of which part of the product (about 160 kg) had been distributed and the remaining stock were marked and sealed by the CFS for further action.
“The CFS has instructed the importer to initiate a recall while tracing the distribution of the affected product.”
The CFS has also warned prosecution will be considered if there is sufficient evidence.