Canada implements malachite green testing of all Chinese eel products – Fishupdate.com

Canada implements malachite green testing of all Chinese eel products Published:  01 February, 2006

CANADA has implemented a new alert system to test all Chinese eel and eel products for the drug therapeutants malachite green and leucomalachite green. This measure has been implemented by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA in response to concerns over the high rate of non-compliance of these products for the presence of malachite green/leucomalachite green and it will remain in effect until further notice.

Malachite green is a non-permitted anti-fungal agent which was commonly used in hatcheries for the treatment of external fungal and parasitic infections on fish eggs, fish, shellfish and as a general hatchery disinfectant. Leucomalachite green is a metabolite of malachite green and is persistently found in fish tissues long after malachite green may no longer be detected. Where Malachite green and leucomalachite green is detected, appropriate product action will be taken, which could include recalls.

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