Saturday, June 30, 2018, 02:40 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) has withdrawn six other brands of canned sardine products from the market after confirmations that they contain nemanotodes such as worms from the genus Anisakis spp.
The decision was taken after the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) revealed that it had found worms that can cause the anisakiasis disease in humans in samples of a brand of sardines from China brought in through the North Butterworth Container Terminal in Penang on May 14.
Ministry’s director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the six products of the sardines were from the Cinta, Sea Fresh, HS Brand, King Cup, Star and TC Boy brands.
Anisakiasis is a parasitic and zoonotic disease in which the Anisakis spp nematode (worm) carried by fish attacks the gastrointestinal system, such as the stomach and intestines of humans, and can cause gastrointestinal problems or symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.
As a preventative measure, the MOH imposed the hold, test and release action on the import of canned fish products at all national gateways.
Hisham explained the risk to health for canned fish products was very low as the worms had died due to cooking or canning process.