Malaysia’s health ministry on Thursday (Apr 19) recalled two canned sardine products from China after they were found to contain dead worms.
In a statement, director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said analysis by the Health Ministry found that the TL Tan Lung Canned Sardines in Tomato Sauce produced by Fujian Yongfa, as well as the TLC Sardines in Tomato Sauce produced by Dongshan Dongyi Foods, were contaminated with nematode, a type of worm.
Reports said that the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency also ordered the recall of products from three Chinese canned sardine importers after they were found to have dead worms.
“The health ministry will continue to monitor imported canned sardine and mackerel products at all the entry points and shops nationwide,” said Noor Hisham.
“Enforcement action will be taken if products do not comply with the 1983 Food Act.”
Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said the two brands of sardines have not been imported to Singapore.
“Consumers who may have bought these products from overseas may wish to check for worms before consuming,” the authority said.
It added that the worms do not pose any food safety risk to consumers as they have been killed by the heat treatment that canned seafood products go through.
Parasitic worms are found in the guts and sometimes in the flesh of wild-caught fish due to their diet of wild fish and crustaceans, AVA said.