Ministry recalls two canned sardine products after parasitic worms discovered

TLC Sardines in Tomato Sauce, one of two products recalled after they were found contaminated with dead worms. — Screengrab from Health Ministry website
TLC Sardines in Tomato Sauce, one of two products recalled after they were found contaminated with dead worms. — Screengrab from Health Ministry website

KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The Ministry of Health (MoH) has ordered the importers of two brands of sardines, TL Tan Lung and TLC from China, to recall these canned sardines after they were found to contain dead worms.

Health director-general, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the enforcement action was taken against importers Fujian Yongfa Co Ltd and Dongshan Dongyi Foods Co Ltd to recall the products after tests revealed they were tainted with the Genus Anisakis spp, a kind of parasitic worm, thus violating the Food Act 1983.

“MoH, through its Food Safety and Quality Division is always monitoring imported food products, including canned sardines and mackerels.

“If they are found to be non-compliant with the Food Act 1983, action will be taken,” he said in a statement, here, today.

Dr Noor Hisham said the action was taken following a report which had gone viral on social media that the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency had instructed three importers to recall the canned sardines from China found to contain dead worms.

Queries and complaints about food safety and cleanliness can be directed to the respective state or district health department, and the MoH at http://spab.gov.my or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bkkmhq. — Bernama

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