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Monthly Report on Results of Compliance Test
for Nutrition Labelling and Declaration of Allergens
under the Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) Regulations
(for the month of April 2012)

The Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) Regulations (the Regulations) require all applicable prepackaged foods to list out the ingredients, the content of energy plus seven core nutrients, namely, carbohydrates, protein, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and sugars (commonly known as “1 + 7”), and regulate any associated nutrition claims. The ingredients to be listed include, among others, any of the substances specified in section 2(4E) of Schedule 3 to the Regulations which are known to cause allergy in some individuals, if present.

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has been testing, among other things, nutrients and allergens in prepackaged food samples for compliance under the Regulations. Results of compliance test since January 2012 have been published on the CFS website in the form of monthly reports, which include details of the food samples with discrepancies between labelled and tested nutrient values. Results of those food samples with food allergens detected but undeclared are also published from 1 April 2012 onwards.

 

(I) Nutrition Labelling

Compliance Test Results* under Nutrition Labelling Scheme

Month / Year

No. of food samples tested

No. of non-compliant samples#

April 2012

40

2

*Tests may cover “1+7” or any combination of these core nutrients.
# One or more discrepancies between the declared nutrient values and test results were detected.

 

Details of non-compliant samples

Month

Nature / Name of sample

Testing parameter

Declared value on nutrition label

Testing result(s)

April

1. Canned meat product/ Ma Ling, Shredded Pork and Preserved Vegetable
240g

Saturated fatty acids, Dietary fibre & Calcium

1) Saturated fatty acids
1.1g/100g

2) Dietary fibre
3.8g/100g

3) Calcium
126mg/100g

1) Saturated fatty acids
2.3g/100g

2) Dietary fibre
1.6g/100g

3) Calcium
45mg/100g

2. Candy/
The Ginger People, Ginger Chews (Original)
84g

1 + 7

1) Total fat
0g/12g


2) Saturated fatty acids
0g/12g

1) Total fat
1.6g/100g

2) Saturated fatty acids
0.74g/100g

(Values for:
Energy, Available Carbohydrates, Protein, Trans fatty acids, Sugars and Sodium were found satisfactory)

 

Tolerance Limits for Declaration of Energy Level or Nutrient Content on Nutrition Label

Energy/Nutrients

Tolerance Limits

Energy, Total fat, Saturated fatty acids, Trans fatty acids, Cholesterol, Sodium, Sugars

≤ 120% declared value

Protein, Polyunsaturated fatty acids, Monounsaturated fatty acids, Carbohydrates, Starch, Dietary fibre, Soluble fibre, Insoluble fibre, individual component of fibre

≥ 80% declared value

Vitamins and minerals (other than Vitamin A, Vitamin D and added vitamins and minerals)

≥ 80% declared value

Vitamin A and Vitamin D (including added ones)

80% - 180% declared value

Added vitamins and minerals (other than Vitamin A and Vitamin D)

≥ declared value

   
Source: Technical Guidance Notes on Nutrition Labelling and Nutrition Claims (see table 3)
  http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/food_leg/files/nl_technical_guidance_e.pdf
   
Remarks:
The Centre for Food Safety has taken follow-up action on the non-compliant food products, which include issuing enquiry letter and warning letter to the traders concerned for rectification. Traders who fail to rectify the irregularities within the period specified will be prosecuted.

(II) Declaration of Food Allergens

The Regulations require declaration of any of the eight types of substances which are known to cause allergy in some individuals, if present, in the list of ingredients of pre-packaged food. These substances are: cereals containing gluten; crustacea and crustacean products; eggs and egg products; fish and fish products; peanuts, soyabeans and their products; milk and milk products (lactose included); tree nuts and nut products; and sulphite in concentrations of 10 parts per million or more.

Compliance Test Results for Food Allergens

Month / Year

No. of food samples tested

No. of non-compliant samples

April 2012

10

1

 

Details of non-compliant samples

Month

Nature / Name of sample

Testing parameter

Testing result(s)

April

Pizza ingredient/
Muji, Thin Pizza Mix With Rice Flour
150g

Milk

The food sample was found containing milk protein, a food allergen, which was not listed on its food label.

 

Remarks:

1) Food Allergen Alert ( http://www.cfs.gov.hk/cgi-bin/cfsnew/fa/foodalert_e.pl?record=35 ), trade alert and press release ( http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/press/2012_05_02_1_e.html ) were issued for the non-compliant sample on 2.5.2012.
   
2)
CFS staff conducted investigations at the concerned shop and other branches of the chain store, and found that the sale of the product had stopped. Warning letters were also issued to the concerned vendor and the importer. The trade has been alerted to stop selling the affected product.
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Last Revision Date : 29-05-2012