Hong Kong Bans Sales Of Toxic Hairy Crabs

November 3, 2016

NewsStandOnline.Net (3-November-2016): The Center for Food Safety in Hong Kong today said that a random inspection revealed that two out of five types of hairy crab samples are contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals.

The crab samples originated from two farms in east China’s Jiangsu Province and have been found to exceed the safety level of dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (DL-PCBs).

Test results of the inspection in late September, which was released on Monday, found the two types of crabs contained 11.7 picograms and 40.3 picograms of dioxin per gram of weight, respectively, much higher than the prescribed level of 6.5 picograms.


Authorities have ordered retailers to stop selling the crabs from the two farms, but it is not clear how many of the affected crabs had already been sold.  It has been reported that these two farms have supplied up to 80% of the hairy crabs in Hong Kong and an investigation is under way.

Dr. Philip Ho Yuk-Yin, a consultant at the Centre for Food Safety in Hong Kong, told the media that the affected crabs would not cause any immediate health risks or food poisoning; however, chronic toxicities cannot be ignored.

“If a person has consumed more than 14 large, contaminated hairy crabs during the season, which runs from September to November, they would exceed their monthly intake limit of the chemicals,” he said.