Hong Kongers wary of dye-contaminated mainland fish

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
17 January 2007, at 12:00am

CHINA - Fish vendors in south China's Guangdong Province are struggling to sell fresh-water fish to Hong Kong where authorities are concerned about malachite green, a synthetic dye used to treat fungal infections on fish eggs and which is considered dangerous for human health.

Statistics from Guangzhou Customs show that Guangdong, separated from Hong Kong by the Shenzhen River, shipped 1,752.6 tons of live fresh-water fish last month, down 13.9 percent on December 2005 and down a drastic 46.7 percent on last November.

Hong Kong has traditionally been a prime consumer of live fish raised in Guangdong. Guangdong exported US$62.28 million worth of fish to Hong Kong last year, three quarters of Guangdong's total fish exports.