Melamine now hits fish feed [Hong Kong]
November 12, 2008
The melamine scare has spread from baby formula to animal feed after a sample of feed used at a fish farm on Lantau Island was found to contain traces of the chemical.
It is the first time melamine has been found in animal feed, according to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
Hong Kong has informed the mainland because the product was from Zhuhai.
Fish feed from three other farms - in Taiwan, France and Japan - were also tested and passed by the Centre for Food Safety.
The center also tested eight live marine fish samples collected from the four farms. All the samples were satisfactory.
"The results tally with an earlier study conducted by the United States Food and Drug Administration that animal feed tainted with melamine has limited effect on edible meat tissue," a center spokesman said.
The department has also asked the mainland authorities to follow up the latest discovery. "We are advising local fish and livestock farmers ask their feed suppliers to ascertain the products they supply do not contain melamine when sourcing animal feed," the spokesman added.
We must remain vigilant.