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Focus Group Meeting on Selecting Prepackaged Food, Fresh Food and Food Premises (4.12.2010)

Focus Group Meeting on CFS’s work - publicity campaign on the use of nutrition labels, Food Safety Charter and Food Alert (28.5.2011)

Focus Group Meeting on the Use of Nutrition Labels (8.7.2011)

Focus Group Meeting on the Five Keys to Food Safety and CFS’s Promotional Activities and Audio-visual Resources (17.12.2011)

Focus Group Meeting on Public Perception and Behaviour towards Safe Temperatures and Detection of Foreign Body in Food (12.3.2012)

Focus Group Meeting on Trade Guidelines on Preparation of Legible Food Label (23.4.2012)

Focus Group Meeting on the First Hong Kong Total Diet Study: Pesticide Residues (20.6.2012)

Focus Group Meeting on Selecting Prepackaged Food, Fresh Food and Food Premises

The Certificate Presentation Ceremony of the 3rd term Consumer Liaison Group was successfully held on 4 December 2010 at the Cityview Hotel in Kowloon. Group Discussions were held concurrently with the ceremony. Participants discussed in eight groups the patterns and concerns for selecting prepackaged food, fresh food and food premises among the public, as well as their perceptions and suggestions on the work of and information provided by the Centre for Food Safety (CFS). A summary of the discussions and CFS’s response have been published in the first issue of the Consumer Liaison Group Newsletter.

Focus Group Meeting on CFS’s work

The above meeting was held on 28 May 2011 at a committee room of Queen Elizabeth Stadium to seek CLG members’ views on three initiatives of the CFS, i.e. publicity campaign on the use of nutrition labels, Food Safety Charter and Food Alert. A summary of the discussions has been published on the second issue of the Consumer Liaison Group Newsletter.

Response
The general public’s opinions and perceptions of our work are noted. The CFS will continue to promote the use of nutrition labels through a variety of channels, including the introduce of Nutrition Calculator (NuCal), a mobile application tool designed for making better food choices by using nutrition facts on prepackaged foods. Its database sharing function allows users to share the nutrition information of food on labels with their family and friends through Bluetooth. Furthermore, in an effort to promote Food Safety Charter, the Centre has launched FSCharter, a mobile application tool, which enables the public to search for food premises that have signed up to the Food Safety Charter. A list of the Signatories of Food Safety Charter is also available on the website OpenRice.

Focus Group Meeting on the Use of Nutrition Labels

Food Safety Day 2011 cum “Live it, Use it” Nutrition Labelling Promotion Award Scheme Award Presentation Ceremony was successfully held on 8 July 2011 at Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong. A CLG meeting was held on the same day to find out the use of nutrition labels among CLG members. A summary of the discussions has been published in the second issue of the Consumer Liaison Group Newsletter.

Response
The obstacles that consumers face when using the nutrition labels are noted. To encourage members of the public to use nutrition facts on the label to help them decide what to buy and what to eat, a three-step guide to use nutrition labels has been developed to educate consumers on how to choose the type and amount of food based on their own specific needs.

Focus Group Meeting on the Five Keys to Food Safety and CFS’s Promotional Activities and Audio-visual resources

The above meeting was held on 17 December 2011 at the Health Education Exhibition & Resource Centre in Kowloon Park to identify barriers to practising the Five Keys to Food Safety in daily life. Public feedbacks and suggestions on the CFS’s promotional activities and audio-visual resources on food safety were also sought. A summary of the discussions has been published in the third issue of the Consumer Liaison Group Newsletter.

Response
The barriers that the general public face in practicing the five Keys to Food Safety and other food safety practices, such as separating raw and cooked foods and cooking food thoroughly, are noted. The CFS will continue to promote the Five Keys to Food Safety and motivate the public to put them into practice. To get food safety messages across more easily to the public, members’ feedbacks will be taken into account as the CFS organises promotional activities and makes audio and video material in future.

Focus Group Meeting on Public Perception and Behaviour towards Safe Temperatures and Detection of Foreign Body in Food

The above meeting was held on 12 March 2012 at Sha Tin Government Offices to find out CLG members’ perception and behaviour towards safe temperatures and also their views on detecting foreign bodies in food. A summary of the discussions has been published in the third issue of the Consumer Liaison Group Newsletter.

Response
Public perceptions on storage temperatures of food and time control of leaving food out at room temperature are noted. Food Safety Day was held on 26 May 2012, under the slogan “Get the Temperature Right”, to promote the importance of storing food at the right temperature to keep them safe. The message has been further reinforced through a series of promotional activities including talks and a promotional video clip .

Focus Group Meeting on Trade Guidelines on Preparation of Legible Food Label

The above meeting was held on 23 April 2012 at the office of Communication and Resource Unit to seek members’ views and suggestions on the legibility of food labels and Draft Trade Guidelines on Preparation of Legible Food Label. A summary of the discussions has been published in the third issue of the Consumer Liaison Group Newsletter.

Response
The Trade Guidelines on Preparation of Legible Food Label, taking into account of feedbacks from CLG members such as using suitable printing technology and a non-reflective printing surface, was revised and published at the end of May 2012.

Focus Group Meeting on the First Hong Kong Total Diet Study: Pesticide Residues
The above meeting was held on 20 June 2012 at the office of Communication and Resource Unit to seek members’ views on the report of the First Hong Kong Total Diet Study: Pesticide Residues.

Discussion Summary
Food Safety Implications of Pesticide Residues in Food
Members perceived that the greater the amount of pesticide used, the greater the chance of harm to food safety. They considered that children and people who have chronic disease or allergy to pesticide were more susceptible to the effects of pesticide. They believed that the safety of fruits and vegetables depended on their source and how they were handled in the food premises. They stated that they would buy fruits and vegetables from reputable stores or large-scale supermarkets or, better still, buy pesticide-free organically grown produce.

Report’s Advice to the Public
Members remarked that they have been handling fruits and vegetables in the ways suggested in the report, including washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly in clean running water, and soaking fruits and vegetables in water for one hour and then rinse. They agreed that a balanced and varied diet can effectively avoid excessive exposure to contaminants such as pesticide. They suggested that food premises should also handle fruits and vegetables in the ways suggested in the report to protect the health of consumers.

Response

Public perceptions on Total Diet Study and pesticide residues in food are noted. The CFS will continue to conduct Total Diet Study, testing foods for other chemicals and nutrients with a view to educating the public about health risks associated with dietary exposure to different substances in food.
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