8 canned fish brands found with worms

PETALING JAYA • Malaysia's Health Ministry has found six more brands of canned fish to be contaminated with roundworms.

This comes after two canned sardine brands from China - TL Tan Lung and TLC - were recalled after they were found to be contaminated with the parasites.

The minister said the six products contaminated with roundworms are canned sardine brands from Cinta, Sea Fresh and HS Brand as well as mackerel in tomato sauce from the King Cup, Star Cup and TC Boy brands.

The ministry said the worms are from the genus Anisakis spp, which causes the anisakiasis disease in humans that normally occurs when humans eat seafood such as raw or not fully cooked fish infected with the parasite.

The disease can cause gastrointestinal problems or symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.

However, health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah gave the assurance that the health risk in the contaminated canned products is "very low" because the worms would have died during the cooking process.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2018, with the headline '8 canned fish brands found with worms'. Print Edition | Subscribe