• The Malaysian authorities ordered the recall of several brands of canned sardines
  • The order came following the discovery of worms in the products
  • In April, a netizen shared photos of worms he found in canned sardines imported from China

Malaysia’s health ministry has ordered the recall of eight brands of canned sardines after dead roundworms were found in the products.

According to The Straits Times, the recall order came following the discovery of roundworms inside two brands of the products imported from China.

In April, a social media user shared on his social media account some images of worms he found in two canned sardine brands that came from China – TL Tan Lung and TLC. The two sardine brands were recalled after the inspection conducted by Malaysian health ministry.

The TL Tan Lung Canned Sardines in Tomato Sauce manufactured by Fujian Yongfa and TLC Sardines in Tomato Sauce produced by Dongshan Dongyi Foods did not comply with the food safety standards as per the Food Act 1983, according to the health ministry.

Subsequent inspections made by the health ministry led to the discovery of other brands of canned sardines contaminated with worms and ordered their recall.

Worms found in canned sardines (Image from China Press)

In a statement on June 28, Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said: “The Health Ministry through the food safety and quality division has been monitoring imported canned fish in the local market. The Ministry has taken action against the companies involved and has ordered the products to be withdrawn from the market.”

Canned sardines from China tainted with roundworms (Image from khairunnaim5’s Twitter account)

The six other canned sardine brands ordered recalled are Cinta, Sea Fresh, HS, King Cup, Star Cup, and TC Boy.

The Malaysian health ministry said the worms were from genus Anisakis spp, which causes the anisakiasis, also known as herring worm disease, in humans.

Anisakiasis can be prevented by avoiding eating raw or undercooked fish.