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Food Safety Focus (110th Issue, September 2015) – Food Incident Highlight

Total Ban on the Import and Sale of Edible Oil from Taiwan Still in Force

Recently, some sesame oils from Taiwan were found imported into Hong Kong for human consumption. This has violated the directive on a total ban on the import into and sale within Hong Kong of all edible oil produced in Taiwan. Following the instruction from the Centre for Food Safety (CFS), the importer concerned has stopped the sale and recalled the affected products from its retail outlets, and isolated the remaining stock.

The substandard lard incident in Taiwan was first reported by Taiwanese authorities in September 2014. Later, it was found that some of the affected products had been imported into Hong Kong and used by certain food premises. The CFS reminds the trade that the preventive measures taken in response to the substandard lard incident in Taiwan last year are still in force.