China restricts live crab imports from one country

Published on
August 24, 2015

Chinese authorities have introduced restrictions on the import of live crabs from the United Kingdom after tests found excessive cadmium levels in the shellfish.

The U.K. government’s Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has advised that no further exports of live crabs be sent to China until the situation has been resolved. 

The Chinese maximum level of contaminant in foods (MLC) for cadmium is 0.5 mg/kg. The country introduced a new methodology for determining cadmium levels in foods last month.

At the same time, authorities in Hong Kong have introduced restrictions on the import of brown crabs exported from Anglesey, Wales.

Again, DEFRA has advised that no further exports of brown crabs from Anglesey should be sent to Hong Kong until the situation is resolved.

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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