Skip to comments.Food Safety Bureau Promises Healthier Chinese Hairy Crabs
Posted on 07/21/2007 7:50:37 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
The public can enjoy hairy crabs from China this fall without reservations, Bureau of Food Safety officials said yesterday.
"A series of new protective measures will ensure that we don't have a repeat of last year's tainted crab scandal," Hsieh Ting-hung, the deputy director of the bureau under the Department of Health (DOH), told a press conference.
Last October, during the peak of the hairy crab season, metabolites of the banned antibiotic substance nitrofuran were found in batches of hairy crabs from China.
However, as the crabs were put on the market before the results of food safety tests were completed, most of the tainted crabs were eaten before they could be pulled from shelves. Then bureau director Hsia Tung-ming stepped down as a result of the public outcry over the incident.
Nitrofuran is a carcinogen banned from use in foods in Taiwan and many other countries, such as the US and the EU's member states.
In order to prevent a repeat of last year's debacle, Hsieh said yesterday that every batch of crabs entering through customs would be tested.
"By increasing the capacity of our testing labs, we will be able to test the crabs in four days or less," he said. "With current refrigeration technology, there's no problem keeping the crabs alive for four days until they have cleared the test."
If three batches of crabs from one region test positive for banned substances, crabs from the whole region will be banned until the bureau believes that standards have improved, he said.
In contrast, only one in fifty batches of crabs were tested last year and the testing took at least a week to complete.
Customs will also immediately reject any batches of crabs that do not come from one of the 42 crab producers who are approved by the Chinese government and have received Beijing-issued Animal Health Certificates.
The regulation barring individuals from bringing in crabs will not be lifted.
"There are innumerable crab producers in China whose food safety standards cannot all be vouched for," said Nigel Jou of the Taiwan Accreditation Foundation, a body that assisted the DOH in confirming the safety of crab producers in China.
When asked for comments, Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislator Lai Shin-yuan said "we'll wait and see if they mean business."
"We have seen problems with Chinese hairy crabs two years in a row, with contamination not just from nitrofuran last year but from cholera bacteria the year before," Lai said.
Hairy crabs? Some jokes just write themselves...
Paging,....... Bill Clinton,Paris Hilton,Michael Vick,...
Carcinogens, polyethylene glycol, cardboard, and melamine.
Why would ANYONE eat ANYTHING from China?
I wouldn’t even let the product in the same building with me
given the vapor pressure of some of these poisons.
LOLOLOL! You can’t make this stuff up.
And just why should we trust these idiots?
he he he
Because they just fired the screwup who used to run this outfit, and solved the problem of how to handle his pension by EXECUTING him!! The new guy should be highly motivated to avoid this kind of situation.
As if there isn’t enough Harry Potter flooding the news, now we have Harry Crabs to think about.
Are you ready for the Harry Potter spin-off series?
Book 1 - Hermoine Granger and the Hairy Crabs
No reservations required? I believe them.
Maybe we can just get a short list going of what isnt from or made in China.
Just keep purchasing Red Chinese products, it's good for you.
Is there a difference between a bad hairy crab and a good one? And is there such thing as a good hairy crab? Anyone who’d eat such a thing, can’t be too particular.
Now, now everyone. China has the olympics next year and the last thing they would want is a hairy crab incident...........