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Food Surveillance Programme

Food surveillance is a crucial component of an extensive food control system that enhances food safety and public health. This system includes upstream measures such as import protocols for high-risk foods, regulations and standards, and downstream activities like food surveillance, all working in collaboration.

Food Surveillance in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, the Food Surveillance Programme (FSP) conducts safety tests on about 65,000 food samples each year, which translates to about 9 samples per 1,000 people. To protect public health, it is essential to maintain vigilant oversight and take immediate risk management steps in response to any unfavorable outcomes from the FSP.

Throughout the year, the CFS collects food samples at various levels including import, wholesale, and retail/catering. With the rise in online shopping, a portion of retail samples are now also procured through online platforms, reflecting the changing consumer behaviour towards internet purchasing.

Checkpoints for food sampling

The CFS's FSP is structured to monitor a broad spectrum of foods and potential risks, incorporating seasonal variations. It includes routine, targeted, and seasonal surveillance projects:

The FSP systematically collects and analyses a wide array of food samples, with the testing scope including chemical, microbiological and radiological hazards, ranging from food additives and contaminants to pathogens and radiological parameters, as well as antimicrobial resistance bacteria. In addition, the FSP helps:

Food Surveillance Results

For the latest monthly Food Safety Reports and Food Surveillance Results, as well as major food incidents and ban on import and sale of food products, please refer to the press releases.

Food Surveillance Results for 2024

Past Food Surveillance Results

Seasonal Food Surveillance

Targeted Food Surveillance