THE city’s market watchdog inspected the Buji Seafood Wholesale Market on Thursday after seafood in many other cities was found to contain the cancer-causing chemical malachite green, according to a Shenzhen TV news program.
Law enforcement officers with the city’s market supervision administration inspected the market at around 3 a.m. Thursday, right after many seafood shops opened for business. The officers verified the sources of the seafood and collected fish samples from shops.
The quality inspectors conducted a quick test of 22 fish samples collected from eight seafood shops at the market.
According to quality inspectors, malachite green and chloramphenicol can make fish survive longer and taste fresher, but such ingredients have been banned as food additives by authorities as they are harmful to people’s health.
The seafood market’s spokesperson said a special inspection department was set up by the market to conduct seafood inspections on a regular basis.
Officers with the city’s market supervision administration said that they would beef up the supervision of local seafood markets, and seafood sellers would be punished if their aquatic products were found to have malachite green.