The well-known high-end membership store Sam sells blue-ringed octopus?

A Shenzhen netizen recently posted on social media that his family bought a box of frozen baby octopus at Sam Futian’s store a few days ago and found a blue-ringed octopus that was suspected to be highly poisonous.

  On January 18, Sam responded to The Paper, saying that Sam attaches great importance to food safety and has established a relatively complete food safety management system.

For the products of the suppliers, check the relevant qualification certificates of the suppliers in strict accordance with national laws and regulations, and strictly implement the purchase inspection system.

  Sam said, "After learning about the netizen's remarks on Weibo, we also checked the supplier again. The raw materials of this product are confirmed to come from Chinese waters, and the process covers the control of blue-ringed octopus. At the same time , the local market supervision department also inspected the store mentioned by the netizen, and found no abnormalities. Up to now, we have never received similar feedback from other members. Here, we urge netizens to please contact us if in doubt. Contact us first to verify and confirm the situation, so as to avoid unnecessary social disturbance and public panic."

  At noon on the 18th, a reporter from The Paper called the Xiangmihu Market Supervision and Management Office in Futian District, Shenzhen. The staff said that they went to (Sam Futian store) yesterday (January 17) and found no (blue-ringed octopus) at the scene. Provide the purchase receipt, and report to the bureau today to arrange personnel to go to the random inspection. The results have not yet come out. The follow-up situation should be announced by the bureau.

  The staff of the Shenzhen City Supervision Bureau told The Paper that they have not found any (complaints) about the purchase of blue-ringed octopus in the Sam's store in Shenzhen and other channels.

  The manufacturer of the frozen octopus sold by Sam, Fujian Haixing Video Co., Ltd., and the supplier, Fuzhou Golden Ocean Trading Co., Ltd. also issued a joint statement stating, "The frozen octopus produced by the company is processed from raw materials to finished products. Strict screening to ensure that there is no blue-ringed octopus, and all batches produced by our company have not been mixed with blue-ringed octopus."

  The description specifically mentions that the company’s octopus raw materials are caught in Chinese waters, and blue-ringed octopuses rarely appear in Chinese waters.

After the raw materials enter the factory, the octopus raw materials will not enter the factory for processing and production until they are checked and accepted by the quality control staff.

The production process of frozen octopus: raw material acceptance, pre-treatment (removal of viscera, ink sac), cleaning, grading, selection, re-inspection, weighing and placing, quick freezing, packaging, metal detection, warehousing and refrigeration.

Each production link of the company's processing octopus has specially trained staff who select blue-ringed octopus.

The selected personnel have to undergo training on blue-ringed octopus and other related poisonous octopus species before taking up the job, and they can take up the job only after passing the examination.

  Several blue-ringed octopus incidents have sparked panic about buying and eating octopus in recent days.

  On January 16, a netizen in Guangdong saw a suspected highly poisonous blue-ringed octopus among the dishes served at a hot pot restaurant. In response, the picture is indeed a leopard octopus, also known as a blue-ringed octopus.

  According to a CCTV news report on January 17, the blue-ringed octopus is a very small octopus species, only the size of a golf ball.

The octopus, despite its size, secretes enough venom to kill an adult within minutes in a single bite, and because there is no antidote, it is one of the most venomous marine creatures known.

  According to the content released on January 17 on the official Weibo of "Natural History Magazine", most of the octopuses with a circle on their body are "short octopus", which is one of the most common edible octopus species in my country. The golden circles under the eyes are also their an identifying feature.

The protagonist of the incident, "blue-ringed octopus", is the collective name of several octopuses of the genus Leopardus. As the name suggests, they are covered with blue circles, spots or stripes all over their bodies, just like leopard prints, instead of just one or two circles .

  "Natural History Magazine" stated that species of Leopard octopus are found in tropical and subtropical seas, and are relatively easy to encounter in southeastern and southern coastal provinces of my country, and there is also a probability of being mixed into commercially available octopus, but this probability is not high, and if the whole It is easy to see the clues of the octopus, just pick out the one covered with leopard prints and throw it away, and the rest will not affect the food as usual.

If a small amount of chopped blue-ringed octopus is really mixed in a dish or even takoyaki wasabi octopus, then the amount of blue-ringed octopus that can be eaten is actually very small, and the toxin content in it is even more negligible, even if poisoned It is also very difficult to be fatal, so don't be too lazy or even give up eating because of choking, octopus should be eaten, don't delay!

(The Paper reporter Shao Bingyan)