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Harmful Substances in Food Regulations

Regulation 3 Prohibition of import and sale of food containing certain substances in excessive concentrations

3
A person must not import, consign, deliver, manufacture or sell, for human consumption, any food of a description specified in Column D of the First Schedule which contains any substance specified opposite thereto in Column B, or the description of such substance in Column C, in greater concentration than is specified opposite thereto in Column E.

 

Regulation 3A Prohibition of import and sale of fish, meat or milk etc. containing prohibited substances

3A
A person must not import, sell or consign or deliver for sale for human consumption, any fish, meat, milk, dried milk, condensed milk or reconstituted milk which contains any substance specified in the Second Schedule.

 

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First
Schedule

Maximum concentration of certain substances present in specified foods


A

B

C

D

E

Item

Substance

Description of
substance

Description of
food

Maximum
concentration

1.

Aflatoxin

Group of bis-
furanocoumarin
compounds and
includes aflatoxin
B 1, B 2, G 1, G 2,
M 1, M 2, P 1 and
aflatoxicol

Any food other than
peanut or its products

15 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Peanuts or peanut products 20 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

2.

Amoxycillin

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of all food animals

50 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Milk 4 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

3.

Ampicillin

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of all food animals

50 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Milk 4 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

4.

Bacitracin

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry

500 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Milk 500 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

5.

Benzylpenicillin

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of all food animals

50 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Milk 4 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

6.

Carbadox

Quinoxaline-2-
carboxylic acid

Muscle of porcine

5 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of porcine 30 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

7.

Ceftiofur

Desfuroylceftiofur

Muscle of bovine and porcine

1000 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of bovine and porcine 2000 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of bovine and porcine 6000 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Milk 100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

8.

Chlortetracycline

Sum of the parent
drug and its
4-epimers

Muscle of all food animals

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of all food animals 300 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of all food animals 600 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Milk 100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

9.

Cloxacillin

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of all food animals

300 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Milk 30 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

10.

Colistin

 

Muscle and liver of bovine, porcine and poultry

150 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry 200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Milk 50 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

11.

Danofloxacin

 

Muscle of bovine and poultry

200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Muscle of porcine 100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Liver of bovine and poultry 400 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Liver of porcine 50 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of bovine and poultry 400 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of porcine 200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

12.

Dicloxacillin

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of all food animals

300 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Milk 30 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

13.

Dihydro-
streptomycin

Sum of
dihydrostrepto-
mycin and
streptomycin

Muscle and liver of bovine, porcine and poultry

500 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry 1000 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Milk 200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

14.

Dimetridazole

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of porcine and poultry

5 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

15.

Doxycycline

 

Muscle of bovine, porcine and poultry

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of bovine, porcine and poultry 300 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry 600 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

16.

Enrofloxacin

Sum of
enrofloxacin and
ciprofloxacin

Muscle of bovine, porcine and poultry

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of bovine 300 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Liver of porcine and poultry 200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of bovine 200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of porcine and poultry 300 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Milk 100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

17.

Erucic acid

The fatty acid
cis-docos-13-
enoic acid

Any food to which oil or fat or a mixture thereof has been added

5 per centum by weight of their fatty acid content of all the oils and fats in the food.

Any oil or fat or any mixture thereof 5 per centum by weight of their fatty acid content.

18.

Erythromycin

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry

400 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Milk 40 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

19.

Flumequine

 

Muscle and liver of bovine, porcine and poultry

500 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry 3000 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

20.

Furaltadone

 

Muscle of porcine and
poultry

0 microgram per kilogram of the food.

21.

Furazolidone

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry

0 microgram per kilogram of the food.

22.

Gentamicin

 

Muscle of bovine, porcine and poultry

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of bovine and porcine 2000 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of bovine and porcine 5000 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Liver and kidney of poultry 100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Milk 200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

23.

Ivermectin

22, 23-Dihydro-
avermectin B1a
(H2B1a)

Liver of bovine

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of porcine 15 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

24.

Josamycin

 

Muscle and liver of poultry

200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Kidney of poultry 400 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

25.

Kitasamycin

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of porcine and poultry

200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

26.

Lincomycin

 

Muscle of bovine, porcine and poultry

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of bovine, porcine and poultry 500 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry 1500 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Milk 150 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

26A.

Malachite green

Sum of malachite green and leucomalachite green

Any food (including live fish, live reptiles and live poultry)

0 microgram per kilogram of the food.

26B.

Melamine

 

Milk

1 milligram per kilogram of the food.

Any food intended to be consumed principally by persons of an age group into which children under the age of 36 months fall 1 milligram per kilogram of the food.
Any food intended to be consumed principally by pregnant or lactating women 1 milligram per kilogram of the food.
Any other food 2.5 milligrams per kilogram of the food.

27.

Metronidazole

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of porcine and poultry

0 microgram per
kilogram of the food.

28.

Neomycin

 

Muscle and liver of bovine, porcine and poultry

500 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry 10000 micrograms per
kilogram of the food.
Milk 500 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

29.

Oxolinic acid

 

Muscle of bovine, porcine and poultry

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver and kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry 150 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

30.

Oxytetracycline

Sum of parent
drug and its
4-epimer

Muscle of all food animals

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of all food animals 300 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of all food animals 600 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Milk 100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

31.

Sarafloxacin

 

Muscle of poultry

10 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver and kidney of poultry 80 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

32.

Spectinomycin

 

Muscle of bovine, porcine and poultry

500 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of bovine, porcine and poultry 2000 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry 5000 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Milk 200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

33.

Streptomycin

Sum of dihydro-
streptomycin and
streptomycin

Muscle and liver of bovine, porcine and poultry

500 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry 1000 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Milk 200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

34.

Sulfonamides

Sum of all
substances
belonging to the
sulfonamide
group

Muscle, liver and kidney of all food animals

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Milk 100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

35.

Tetracycline

Sum of parent
drug and its
4-epimer

Muscle of all food animals

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of all food animals 300 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of all food animals 600 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Milk 100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

36.

Tiamulin

Sum of metabolites
that may be
hydrolysed to
8-alpha-
hydroxymutilin

Muscle of porcine and
poultry

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of porcine 500 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Liver of poultry 1000 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

37.

Trimethoprim

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry

50 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Milk 50 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

38.

Tylosin

 

Muscle, liver and kidney of bovine, porcine and poultry

200 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Milk 50 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

39.

Virginiamycin

 

Muscle of porcine

100 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

Liver of porcine 300 micrograms per kilogram of the food.
Kidney of porcine 400 micrograms per kilogram of the food.

 

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Second Schedule

Prohibited Substances


1.
Dienoestrol ((E,E)-4,4'-(diethylideneethylene) diphenol) including salts and esters thereof.
2.
Diethylstilboestrol ((E)-B-diethylstilbene-4,4'-diol) including salts and esters thereof.
3.
Hexoestrol (meso-4,4'-(1,2-diethylethylene) diphenol) including salts and esters thereof.
4.
Avoparcin.
5.
Clenbuterol.
6.
Chloramphenicol.
7.
Salbutamol.

 

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Note : Please browse http://www.legislation.gov.hk/blis_export.nsf/home.htm for details of the food law in Chapter 132.

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Last Revision Date : 01-03-2012