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Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations

Regulation 3 Prohibition of sale etc. of food containing metals except where naturally present up to certain limits

3(1) No person shall import, consign, deliver, manufacture or sell, for human consumption,-
  (a) any food of a description specified in Column B of the First Schedule which contains any metal specified opposite thereto in Column A of that Schedule unless such metal is naturally present in such food in a concentration not greater than that specified opposite thereto in Column C of that Schedule; or
  (b) any food of a description specified in Column B of the Second Schedule which contains any metal specified opposite thereto in Column A in greater concentration than is specified opposite thereto in Column C; or
  (c) any food containing any metal in such amount as to be dangerous or prejudicial to health.

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First Schedule

Maximum permitted concentration of certain metals naturally present in specified foods


A
Metal

B
Description of food

C
Maximum permitted concentration in parts per million

Arsenic
(AS2O3)

Solids being fish and fish products

6

Solids being shellfish and shellfish products
10

 

 

Second Schedule

Maximum permitted concentration of certain metals present in specified foods


A
Metal

B
Description of food

C
Maximum permitted concentration in parts per million

Antimony
(Sb)

Cereals and vegetables

1

Fish, crab-meat, oysters, prawns and shrimps
1
Meat of animal and poultry
1

Arsenic
(AS203)

Solids other than-
     (i) fish and fish products; and
     (ii) shellfish and shellfish products

1.4

All food in liquid form
0.14

Cadmium
(Cd)


Cereals and vegetables

0.1

Fish, crab-meat, oysters, prawns and shrimps
2
Meat of animal and poultry
0.2
Chromium
(Cr)
Cereals and vegetables
1
Fish, crab-meat, oysters, prawns and shrimps
1
Meat of animal and poultry
1

Lead
(Pb)

All food in solid form
All food in liquid form

6
1

Mercury
(Hg)
All food in solid form
All food in liquid form

0.5
0.5

Tin
(Sn)
All food in solid form
All food in liquid form
230
230

 

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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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