CFS urges public not to consume prepackaged vegetable soup with possible chemical contamination

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (March 25) urged the public not to consume a batch of vegetable soup imported from the United Kingdom as the product might be tainted with chemical contamination.

Details of the product are as follows:

Product name: Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Brand: Marks & Spencer
Place of origin: United Kingdom
Pack size: 600 grams per pack
Product code: 00711135
Use by date: March 30, 2017

A CFS spokesman said, "The CFS, through its Food Incident Surveillance System, has learned of the notices issued by the UK Food Standards Agency and Food Safety Authority of Ireland that Marks & Spencer has initiated a recall of the above-mentioned batch of product because the product might be tainted with chemical contamination.

The spokesman said that upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately followed up with Marks & Spencer, the importer of the affected product in Hong Kong.

According to the information provided by the importer, 18 units of the above-mentioned product have been imported to Hong Kong which were only for sale in its retail outlets. The importer has already stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected product, and initiated a recall. For enquiries about the recall, members of the public may call Marks & Spencer hotline at 3656 2253 during office hours.

He urged members of the public to stop consuming the affected product if they have purchased any.

The CFS will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.

Ends/Saturday, March 25, 2017