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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 January 2013)

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#

January 2013

40

6

*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)

January

1. Beverage/
Tafu, Green Tea Powder with Spoon (Green Tea)
100g

Total fat

Total fat
0g/100g

Total fat
5.1g/100g

2. Fermented Bean Curd/
Pearl River Bridge, Chili Fermented Beancurd
325g

Sodium

Sodium
440mg/100g

Sodium
2134mg/100g

3. Instant Cereal Beverage/
Yam Nutrition Meal
32g x 10 packs

1 + 7

Total fat
0.5g/32g
(Serving size)

Saturated fatty acids 0.2g/32g
(Serving size)

Sugars
1.2g/32g
(Serving size)

 

Total fat
9.4g/100g

Saturated fatty acids 6.8g/100g

Sugars
5.9g/100g

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

4. Sauce/
King’s Soce, Lemon Grass Sauce
300g
1 + 7

Protein
0.8g/20g
(Serving size)

Protein
2.7g/100g


(Values for: Energy, Total fat, Saturated fatty acids, Trans fatty acids, Carbohydrates, Sugars and Sodium were found satisfactory)

5. Beverage/
Sun Soya, 3 in 1 Pre-mixed White Coffee
30g x 8 Sticks
1 + 7

Protein
5.5g / 100g


Trans fatty acids 0g/100g

Protein
3.4g / 100g


Trans fatty acids 0.68g/100g

(Values for: Energy, Total fat, Saturated fatty acids, Carbohydrates, Sugars and Sodium were found satisfactory)

6. Dumplings/
First Choice, Cabbage & Pork Dumplings
800g
Sodium + Calcium

Sodium
88.2mg / 100g

Calcium
386.8mg/100g

Sodium
510 mg / 100g

Calcium
16 mg/100g

 

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

January 2013

0

0

 

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Last Revision Date : 27-02-2013