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Warning over fish stocks

PUBLISHED: 00:35 22 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:35 03 March 2010

SHOPS in Suffolk are today being asked to take off their shelves shrimps and prawns from contaminated batches imported from South East Asia, and Royal Jelly products originating from China.

SHOPS in Suffolk are today being asked to take off their shelves shrimps and prawns from contaminated batches imported from South East Asia, and Royal Jelly products originating from China.

People who may have brought such products recently are also being advised to be on their guard, and caterers have been asked to check their stock.

The European Commission alerted the The Food Standards Agency (FSA) that residues of nitrofurans may be present in the shrimps and prawns, and a survey found them present in nearly a quarter of samples tested in Northern Ireland.

Nitrofurans are veterinary medicines that are banned in the European Union as they can damage genetic material and are potentially carcinogenic – cancer causing in humans.

A spokesman for Suffolk Coastal council said the authority had been asked to inform all local shops and caterers of the problem.

"The FSA is not advising against the general consumption of prawns and shrimps from South East Asia, other than the affected batches, although it has asked the European Commission to investigate and advise on what should be done. This advice does not concern cold water prawns and shrimps commonly used in the UK," he said.

The batch of contaminated product is Ocean Pearl Brand Tiger King Prawns with a batch coding BBE Mar 03 1259, plus a number of batches supplied to major supermarkets, which have been informed.

Tests on Royal Jelly revealed traces of the antibiotic chloramphenicol, which has been banned by the EU for use on animals since 1994.

Businesses are being asked by the FSA to withdraw all Royal Jelly sold as a nutritional supplement unless the business has evidence that the products are not contaminated with chloramphenicol or do not contain Royal Jelly from China.

Royal Jelly is a product made by bees for the nourishment of the queen bee. It is sold as a nutritional supplement normally in the form of capsules.

Some of the products have Lyons, Tesco and Safeway brand names and have sell by dates lasting two years or more.

WEBLINK: www.food.gov.uk


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