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 Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene

 

Confirmed Minutes of the Twenty-eighth Meeting

held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 28 September 2005

at Room 2005, 20/F, Murray Building, Garden Road, Central

 

 

 

Professor YUEN Kwok-yung, SBS, JP

(Chairman)

Dr CHAN Hei-ling, Helen

 

Mr HUNG Hak-hip, Peter

 

Dr Anthony Edward JAMES

 

Mr KWOK Chun-wah, Jimmy, MH

 

Miss LAM Chui-lin

 

Mrs LAM WONG Pik-har, Grace

 

Dr LO Chi-kin, JP

 

Dr LO King-shun

 

Dr TANG Shuk-ming, Winnie

 

Dr WONG Sin-ying, Lillian

 

Mrs Carrie YAU

 

Permanent Secretary for Health,               Welfare and Food

Mr Thomas CHAN

 

Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Mr Gregory LEUNG

 

Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

 

Mr Wallace LAU

 

Secretary of the Advisory Council on     Food and Environmental Hygiene

 

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Absent with Apologies

 

Mr FONG Wo, Felix, JP

 

Professor HO Suk-ching, Sara

 

Professor KWAN Hoi-shan

 

Ms LAM Wai-ling, Leona, JP

 

Dr LO Wing-lok, JP

 

Dr P Y LAM

Director of Health

 

 

In Attendance

 

Health, Welfare and Food Bureau

 

Mr Johnson TANG

Assistant Secretary (Food and Environmental Hygiene) 1

Mr Louis NG

Senior Executive Officer (Food and    Environmental Hygiene)

 

Food and Environmental Hygiene Department

 

Dr Thomas CHUNG

Assistant Director (Food Surveillance      and Control)

 

Dr Y Y HO

Consultant (Community Medicine) (Risk Assessment and Communication)

 

Mr YUEN Ming-chi

Pest Control Officer i/c

 

Mr Stanley NG

Senior Administrative Officer (Food and Public Health)

 

 

Department of Health

 

Dr Thomas TSANG

Acting Controller, Centre for Health Protection

 

 

 

Opening Remarks

 

             The Chairman welcomed Members to the meeting.

 

 

Agenda Item 1: Confirmation of the Minutes of the Last Meeting

 

2.          Members confirmed the minutes of the last meeting, which had incorporated the proposed amendments of Dr. Thomas CHUNG of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.

 

 

Agenda Item 2: Matters Arising from the Minutes of the Last Meeting

 

3.          There was no matter arising from the minutes of the last meeting.

 

 

Agenda Item 3: Confidential Papers Discussed

 

 

Agenda Item 4: Any Other Business

 

4.          The Chairman enquired whether intelligence were available on what other food safety authorities were doing at the time malachite green became a topical issue in August.  He believed intelligence gathering / exchanges with its counterparts should be a priority so that the department would not miss out on time sensitive issues like malachite green in fish.  He also highlighted the importance of informing the public that it would be impossible to ensure absolute safety in food.  That there was a limit on how much the Government could do in ensuring food safety because of resource constraint.  

 

5.          Following up on development in malachite green incident, a Member told the meeting that some people were still skeptical about eating fish, as they were not sure about its safety.  She suggested that the Government send a strong message to dispel such uncertainties and restore public confidence in consuming freshwater fish.  The meeting agreed that a message should be sent on a suitable occasion to this effect.

 

6.          There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at around 4:45 p.m.

 

 

Secretariat

Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene

Health, Welfare and Food Bureau

October 2005

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