Could injected meat be imported and sold as food for human consumption in Hong Kong?
Some overseas companies inject raw meat with liquid (e.g. salt water and oil) for modifying the texture of the products, in addition to other purposes. Could these injected meats be imported and sold as food in Hong Kong?
According to the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap. 132), it is an offence to sell adulterated meat, including injected meat in Hong Kong. Introduction of any water or other liquid by injection or other means into the meat or offal of any animal, bird or reptile sold for human consumption is not allowed in Hong Kong.#
The trade is advised not to import and sell these products even though the practice and substance(s) injected may be acceptable to the exporting country.
# According to Section 51A(1) of Cap. 132, no person shall, by injection or any other means, introduce or cause the introduction of any water or other liquid into the tissues of the carcass, meat or offal of any animal, bird or reptile sold for human consumption or offered, exposed or intended for sale for human consumption.
Moreover, under Section 51A(2) of Cap. 132, no person shall sell for human consumption or offer or expose for sale or have in his possession for the purpose of sale for human consumption, any carcass, meat or offal of any animal, bird or reptile into the tissue of which there has been introduced by injection or any other means anything specified in Section 51A(1).