CFS finds Salmonella in sample of imported prepackaged meal replacement product

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (August 30) that a sample of an imported prepackaged meal replacement product was found to contain a pathogen, Salmonella. The CFS is following up on the case. Members of the public should not consume the affected batch of the product. The trade should also stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if they possess it.

Product details are as follows:

Product name: Oatmeal Shake
Brand: Nutri D-Day DIET
Place of origin: Korea
Net weight: 25 grams per pouch x 14 pouches
Best-before date: February 5, 2025

"The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from an online vendor for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed the presence of Salmonella in 25 grams of the sample, exceeding the criterion of the Microbiological Guidelines for Food which states that Salmonella should not be detected in 25g of a ready-to-eat food sample," a spokesman for the CFS said.

The CFS has informed the online vendor and distributor concerned of the unsatisfactory test result. The concerned vendor has stopped sales and removed the affected product from shelves. The concerned distributor has initiated a recall according to the CFS's instructions. Members of the public may call its hotline at 6038 6312 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

"Salmonella infection may cause fever and gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The effects on infants, young children, the elderly and persons with a weak immune system could be more severe and may even lead to death," the spokesman said.

The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health. The investigation is ongoing.

Ends/Wednesday, August 30, 2023