Thursday, September 07, 2006

Some Hong Kong Honey Contains Trace Amounts of Chloramphenicol

Antibiotic Found in Honey Products
Hong Kong Information Services Department, 9/7/2006

Two of 19 honey samples have been found to contain trace amounts of the antibiotic chloramphenicol, the Centre for Food Safety says. However, due to the very low level of the substance, normal consumption of the two Mainland-produced honey products should not pose a threat to health.

Forty-one honey samples have been taken for antibiotics tests under the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department's food surveillance programme since 2001. Only the two latest samples were found to contain chloramphenicol. The antibiotic is used to treat bacterial infections, and its presence in food is prohibited in Hong Kong…

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