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Prepackaged milk sample not in compliance with nutrition label rule

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (September 21) announced that the sodium content of a prepackaged milk sample was found to be inconsistent with the declared content on its nutrition label. The CFS urged the trade to stop selling the affected batch of the product immediately.

Product details are as follows:

Product name: Pure Milk
Product brand: Pauls
Place of origin: Australia
Manufacturer: Parmalat Australia Pty Ltd
Distributor: Sims Trading Company Ltd
Packing size: 1 litre
Best before date: December 15, 2017

A spokesman for the CFS said, "The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from a supermarket in the Mid-Levels for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that there was a discrepancy between the actual sodium content (69mg per 100mL) and the declared content (41mg per 100mL) on its nutrition label."

He added, "The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and the vendor concerned has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected batch of the product according to CFS' instructions."

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/her, he/she shall be guilty of an offence and 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/Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Last revision date: 21-09-2017