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Prepackaged preserved meat and duck liver sausage sample not in compliance with nutrition label rules

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (November 22) announced that the total fat content of a prepackaged preserved meat and duck liver sausage sample was found to be inconsistent with the declared value on its nutrition label. Follow-up is in progress.

Product details are as follows:

Product name: Wing Wah Preserved Meat and Duck Liver Sausage
Place of origin: Hong Kong
Manufacturer: Wing Wah Food Manufactory Limited
Net weight: Half a catty/303 grams per pack
Best-before date: April 30, 2017

"The CFS collected the above-mentioned preserved meat and duck liver sausage sample from a retail outlet in Yau Ma Tei for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The result of chemical analysis showed a discrepancy between the actual total fat content (37.3 grams per 100 g) and the declared content (23.7g per 100g) on its nutrition label," a spokesman for the CFS said.

"The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and the vendor has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected batch of the product according to the instructions of the CFS. The CFS is tracing the source and distribution of the affected product," he added.

According to Section 61 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132), if any person falsely describes food or misleads as to the nature, substance or quality of the food on a label of the food sold by him, he shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment upon conviction.

The CFS will inform the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

Ends/Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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Last revision date: 22-11-2016