Prepackaged pudding sample not in compliance with nutrition label rules

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (July 29) announced that the protein, sugar and sodium contents in a prepackaged pudding sample were found to be inconsistent with the declared values on its nutrition label. Follow-up is in progress.

Product details are as follows:

Product name: Eggs Flavor Pudding
Place of origin: Taiwan
Manufacturer: Name in English not available
Distributor: B & S Company
Net weight: 280 grams per box (16 pieces per box)
Best-before date: February 23, 2017

"The CFS collected the above-mentioned pudding sample from a department store in Yau Ma Tei under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The results of chemical analysis showed that it contained no protein while the contents of sugar and sodium were at levels of 20.4g per 100g and 74 milligrams per 100g respectively, which was inconsistent with its declared values of 1g of protein, 10g of sugar and 20mg of sodium per 100g of food," a spokesman for the CFS said.

"The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularities and the vendor has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected batch of the product according to the instructions of the CFS. The CFS has also followed up with the distributor concerned to trace the distribution of the affected product," the spokesman said.

According to Section 61 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132), if any person falsely describes a food or misleads as to the nature, substance or quality of the food on a label of the food sold by him, he shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment upon conviction.

The CFS will inform the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

Ends/Friday, July 29, 2016