The Jakarta Post
The Tanjung Pinang administration in Riau Islands province has ordered the producers of canned sardines to cease the distribution of the product after a Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) laboratory in Pekanbaru, Riau, confirmed the finding of worms inside the cans.
“It is impossible to check one by one. I’ve asked [the producers] to pull the products that have the same code [as the contaminated products],” said Tanjung Pinang city secretary Riono in Tanjung Pinang on Wednesday as reported by Antara.
Riono said the local administration had instructed the health agency to immediately follow up on the BPOM’s findings.
The BPOM conducted the laboratory test after residents made claims on social media that they had found worms inside canned fish products widely sold in the city.
BPOM Pekanbaru head M. Kashuri confirmed the office had carried out a laboratory test on three imported canned sardine products -- Farmer Jack Mackerel, IO and Hoki.
The BPOM found that the products had been contaminated by worms and also called on the producers to pull their products from stores.
Kashuri said his office had also received similar reports from Tembilahan city, Indragiri Hilir regency, Selatpanjang city and Kepulauan Meranti regency.
He said a lack of hygiene and food safety in manufacturing was to blame for the case.(bbn)