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Oysters in short supply, enter prawns

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 11, 2008

‘I now ask my customers if they are happy to have prawns instead of oysters,’ says Mr Li, 50, who sells oyster omelette, ‘I only have two-week supply left, if I run out, I will have to close the shop earlier.’

Last year, only 21 per cent of molluscs passed the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA)’s stringent health and safety requirements, compared to 93 per cent in 2006.

Currently, China is the major exporter of frozen raw oysters.

The 139.5 tonnes of frozen oysters were rejected because they contained novo viruses, which cause gastrointestinal illnesses and are spread by eating food contaminated with faeces from an infected person, or from polluted waters.

The virus has been linked to food poisoning outbreaks in December 2003 to January 2004 in Singapore.

‘The viruses started appearing in the molluscs farmed in China since 2004.’ said the AVA spokesperson.

Hawkers have been relying on their frozen stock, but as more consignments were rejected, importers’ stocks have dried up and the trickle-down effect is being felt at the hawker centres. (story)

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