MOH Removes 6 More Sardine Brands From The Market Because Of Worms

Reports revealed that the cans contained impurities, such as dead worms.

Six more sardine brands have been found to be contaminated with impurities such as worms, following a previous report on 26 June

Bernama reported that the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed that the sardine products were tainted with worms, such as Filum Nematoda from genus Anisakis spp. that causes Anisakiasis disease in humans.

Anisakiasis is a parasitic infection that often comes from consuming raw or undercooked seafood. It is believed that humans infected by this disease usually experience gastrointestinal problems or symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting.

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Earlier this week, the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS) discovered a similar contamination in samples of a sardine brand brought in to Penang from China

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It was reported that MOH has imposed a Hold, Test, and Release action on the import of canned fish products at all national gateways. Samples will be taken for analyses and will only be released if no impurities are detected, including worms.

MOH director Dr Noor Hisham said that any party involved in importing, distributing, storing, or selling food that is toxic or damaging would be fined, sentenced to jail or both, according to Section 13 of the Food Act 1983. 

Here are the six brands that have been taken off the market so far:

1. Cinta Sardin

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2. Sea Fresh Sardines

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3. H.S. Sardines

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4. TC Boy Sardin

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5. King Cup Sardines

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6. Bintang Mackerel

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Previously, MAQIS seized over 36,000kg of canned sardines from China after they were found to have been tainted by disease-causing worms:

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