Hong Kong Food Safety Improving

HONG KONG — Food safety in Hong Kong continued to improve in 2000, according to the latest results from microbiological and chemical testing.

Gloria Tam, assistant director of food and environmental hygiene in charge of food surveillance and control with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) announced the results on Friday.

“The overall trend for last year is satisfactory as the failure rate for both microbiological and chemical testing have decreased to 0.7 percent, comparing to 1.2 percent and 0.8 percent recorded in 1998 and 1999 respectively,” Tam was quoted as saying by the Xinhua News Agency.

The improvement was revealed by more than 58,000 test results last year. The department conducted a ongoing food surveillance program that included collecting, analyzing and interpreting data on food hazards.


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