"Substandard" imported snow crab destroyed by authorities in Taicang, China

Published on
October 27, 2017

Authorities at a leading Chinese port have warned that they’re on the lookout for “substandard” seafood imports after a seizure of snow crab was destroyed this week.

The local General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's (the AQSIQ, which directly administers entry-exit inspection and quarantine bureaus at ports and airports nationwide) in Taicang port said it destroyed a shipment of snow crabs worth CNY 45,000 (USD 6,762, EUR 5,830)  after tests showed the crab contained excessive quantities of heavy metals. The AQSIQ didn’t detail the source of the crabs or the buyer, but said a cadmium content of 0.53mg/kg was “above China’s national standards.”

“We are going to prevent and control food safety risks,” added the AQSIQ statement. 

Taicang port is located in Jiangsu Province, which is also home to China’s biggest freshwater crab-farming industry.

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