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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 2016 )

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 2016

44

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

Ng Fung Rice Cake
(500 grams per pack ) *Remarks 1,3

Sodium

Sodium

3.9mg/100g

Sodium

31mg/100g

January

Horizon Organic - Organic American Singles
(12 slices per pack) *Remarks 1,3

Protein

Protein

9g/19g

(i.e. 47.37g per 100g)

Protein

18.5g/100g

January

Preserved duck breast (two pieces per pack) *Remarks 1,2

Sugars

Sugars

0g/100g

Sugars

16.2g/100g

January

Pierrot Gourmand Flavored Gum - Mini Cola Bottle
(125 grams per pack) *Remarks 1,3

1+7

i) Total fat

0.1g/100g

ii) Saturated fatty acids

0.1g/100g

iii) Sodium

0mg/100g

i) Total fat

0.43g/100g

ii) Saturated fatty acids

0.23g/100g

iii) Sodium

10mg/100g

January

Heinz Beanz Baked Beans in Rich Tomato Sauce (415g per can) *Remarks 1,3

1+8

Total fat

0.2g/100g

Total fat

0.47g/100g

January

Amoy Radish Cake (Three pieces per pack) *Remarks 1,2

1+8

Sugars

1.3g/100g

Sugars

2.9g/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

(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
(Testing parameter: -)

No. of non-compliant samples received in January

January 2016

0

0

 

Remarks:

1) Rapid alert and press release were issued for the non-compliant sample on 11.1.2016、12.1.2016、18.1.2016 、22.1.2016& 27.1.2016 respectively.
(http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/press/20160111_0446.html)、
(http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/press/20160112_0447.html)、
(http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/press/20160118_0455.html)、
(http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/press/20160122_0459.html)、
(http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/press/20160127_0461.html)。

2) After the received the unsatisfactory result, CFS staff conducted further investigation at the concerned shop, and sale of the product was found ceased. In addition, CFS staff requested the distributor to provide the distribution list of the alleged food product. The trade was also alerted to stop selling the affected product accordingly. Prosecution will be taken if sufficient evidence is obtained.

3) CFS staff conducted investigation and took follow up sample at the concerned shop immediately, and sale of the product was found ceased subsequently. In addition, CFS staff requested the distributor to provide the distribution list of the alleged food product. The trade was also alerted to stop selling the affected product accordingly.

 

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