Prepackaged date sample in breach of food labelling regulations

Product name:



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Net weight:

1 catty/604 grams

Best-before date:

May 28, 2021

Non-compliant test parameters:

No declaration of permitted preservatives, Sulphur dioxide in ingredient list on the food label

Detected content:

290ppm of Sulphur dioxide, within the legal limit (1,000 parts per million)

Declared content:

Not Applicable

Sampling location:

A shop in Sham Shui Po


  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 Regulation 4A(1) and 5(1AA) of the Food and Drugs (Composition And Labelling) Regulations (Cap 132W), prepackaged food shall be marked and labelled in the manner prescribed in Schedule 3. Any person who advertises for sale, sells or manufactures for sale any prepackaged food which is not marked or labelled in compliance with regulation 4A(1) or 4B(1) commits an offence and is liable to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 6 months.
  5. The CFS will inform the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

END/Friday, December 6, 2019