Bottled honey sample not in compliance with nutrition label rule

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (March 15) announced that the protein content of a bottled honey sample was found to be inconsistent with the declared value on its nutrition label. The CFS urged the trade to stop selling the affected batch of the product immediately.

Product details are as follows:

Product name: Orange Blossom Honey
Place of origin: France
Distributor: LF Asia (HK) Ltd
Net weight: 200 grams per bottle
Best-before date: November 25, 2019

"The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from a supermarket in the Mid-Levels under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that there was a discrepancy between the actual protein content (0.4g per 100g) and the declared content (1g per 100g) on its nutrition label," a spokesman for the CFS said.

"The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and the vendor has stopped sale and removed from shelves 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/Thursday, March 15, 2018