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Monthly Report on Results of Compliance Test
under Nutrition Labelling Scheme
(for the month of March 2012)

The Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) Regulations (Amendment: Requirements for Nutrition Labelling and Nutrition Claim) Regulation 2008 (the Amendment Regulation) came into effect on 1 July 2010. The Amendment Regulation requires all applicable prepackaged foods to list out 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”), as well as regulates nutrition claims. Since 1 July 2010, the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has been taking about 500 prepackaged food samples for compliance test under Nutrition Labelling Scheme each year. From 29 March 2012 onwards, a monthly report will be published in the last week of the month on the CFS website, summarizing compliance test results of the previous month including details of the food samples with discrepancies in nutrient values.

Compliance Test Results *

Month / Year

No. of food samples tested

No. of non-compliant samples#

March 2012

30

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)

March

1. Frozen Confection/ Binggrae Frozen Confection Melon Flavoured Ice Cup

135mL

1 + 7

1) Energy

 140 kJ/135mL

 

2) Sodium

 60 mg/135mL

1) Energy

 527 kJ/100mL

 

2) Sodium

 66 mg/100mL

 

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

2. Noodle/
Pai Fu – Fine Noodle Seafood Flavour

300g

1 + 7

1) Carbohydrates

 92 g/100g

 

2) Saturated fatty acids

 0 g/100g

1) Carbohydrates

 62.8 g/100g

 

2) Saturated fatty acids

 1 g/100g

 

(Values for:
Energy, Protein, Total fat, 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.
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Last Revision Date : 27-04-2012