Raw oyster sample detected with cadmium exceeding legal limit

Food name:

Huiters Royal Oyster NO.3

Metallic contaminant:


Detected level:

2.95 parts per million

Maximum legal limit:

2 parts per million

Sampling location:

The CFS collected the oyster sample at retail level in Sham Shui Po for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme.


  1. The CFS has instructed the trade to stop selling the incriminated batch of the affected product.
  2. Based on the level of cadmium detected in the sample, adverse health effects would not be caused under usual consumption.
  3. According to the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) (Amendment) Regulation 2018, Cap.132V, any person who sells food with metallic contamination above the legal limit may be prosecuted and is liable upon conviction to a fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.
  4. The CFS will continue to follow up on the unsatisfactory result, including tracing the source of the food in question and taking sample for testing so as to safeguard public health.
  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/Friday, January 10, 2020