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Guangdong halts freshwater fish exports, banned substances found.

HONG KONG, Nov. 27 Kyodo

Exports of freshwater fish from Guangdong Province in southern China will be suspended from Tuesday because carcinogenic disinfectant and antibiotics have been found in them, Hong Kong fishmongers said Monday.

Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories Freshwater Fish Wholesale Association Director Tommy Hui, quoting sources from mainland China, said traders in four of five major export sites in the province have confirmed the export suspension.

''There is nothing we can do now, except wait for resumption,'' Hui said.

Hong Kong's Asia Television news program quoted an officer of the province's Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau as confirming the suspension.

Cancer-causing malachite green has been found in mud carp, turbot and garoupa, while the banned antibiotic nitrofuran has been found in bream.

Nitrofuran could cause cancer and was banned by the United States from being administered to food-producing animals in 2002. Malachite green is an industrial dye and a disinfectant for gold fish.

Other than freshwater fish, chicken eggs and duck eggs from China were found to have been contained with the cancer-causing dye Sudan Red, also a banned substance.

While most of the contaminated eggs were sold in China, some of them were exported to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Carrie Yau departed for Beijing on Monday to discuss the food scare as 80 percent of imported food in Hong Kong comes from the mainland.

On South Korea's avian flu infections, Hong Kong stopped importing frozen poultry meat and internal organs from the country on Friday. According to government figures, Hong Kong imported 900 tons of frozen poultry products from South Korea in the first eight months of this year.
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