Sample of bottled cashew nuts not in compliance with nutrition label rule

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (January 25) announced that the sodium content of a sample of bottled cashew nuts was found to be inconsistent with the declared content on its nutrition label. The CFS urged the trade to stop selling the affected product immediately.

Product details are as follows:

Product name: Roasted Cashew Nuts
Brand: Snapmax
Place of origin: Malaysia
Manufacturer: Tai Sun Lim Kee Food Industries (M) SDN BHD
Importer and distributor: The Dairy Farm Company Limited
Net weight: 370 grams
Best before date: September 20, 2018

A spokesman for the CFS said, "Subsequent to announcing earlier that the actual sodium content of a sample of bottled cashew nuts taken from a supermarket was found to be inconsistent with the declared value on its nutrition label, the CFS detected a similar irregularity in another sample of bottled cashew nuts of the same kind but of a different batch taken from the same place for testing during follow-up investigation. The test result showed that there was a discrepancy between the actual sodium content (240mg per 100g) and the declared content (132mg per 100g) on its nutrition label."

He added, "The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and the vendor concerned has stopped sale and removed from shelves all batches of the affected product according to the CFS' instructions. Should there be sufficient evidence, prosecution will be instituted."

According to Section 61 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132), if any person falsely describes food or misleads as to the nature, substance or quality of the food on a label of the food sold by him or her, he or she shall be guilty of an offence and 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/Thursday, January 25, 2018