Prepackaged coconut candy in breach of food labelling regulations

Product name:

YAN's Premium Coconut Candy


Yan Chim Kee

Place of origin:



Yan Chim Kee Hong Kong Company Ltd.

3B, Senior Building, 112 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Net weight:


Best-before date:

Jun 30, 2020

Non-compliant test parameters

Preservatives (Benzoic acid)

Detected content:

117ppm of benzoic acid

Declared content:

No declaration of benzoic acid in ingredient list on the food label

Sampling location:

A supermarket in Causeway Bay


  1. The CFS has urged the trade to stop selling the incriminated batch of the affected product. 
  2. Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence.
  3. The CFS is tracing the distribution of the affected product.
  4. 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.
  5. The CFS will inform the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

END/Thursday, July 4, 2019