Detection of Chloramphenicol in a Chilled Beef sample

Product name:

Chilled Beef


Not Applicable

Place of origin:

Russian Federation

Processing Plant:

CJSC "Bryansk Meat Company" (AIH "Miratorg")  at Bryansk region, Trubchevsk district, settlement Progress, st. Belgorodskaya, bldg. 2


Wilson International Frozen Foods(HK)Ltd

Net weight:

1138.823 kgs

Non-compliant test parameters:

Chloramphenicol was detected

Detected content:

Chloramphenicol at level of 0.5 parts per billion was detected

Declared content:

Not Applicable

Sampling location:

Inspection Room at 1/F, Super Terminal 1, HACTL, Hong Kong International Airport


  1. The affected batches of the products are being kept in cold store and have not entered the market. 
  2. Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence.
  3. According to Regulation 3A of the Harmful Substances in Food Regulations (Cap 132AF), if a person import, sell or consign or deliver for sale for human consumption, any meat which contains chloramphenicol, he shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment upon conviction.
  4. The CFS has temporarily suspended issuing the permission to import beef products from the subject processing plant to importers.
  5. The CFS has informed the Russian Federation authorities of the incident.
  6. The CFS will inform the importer, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

END/Monday, September 2, 2019