Coliform bacteria exceeds legal limit in Frozen Confections sample

Product name:

Oreo Sandwich (110mL)



Place of origin:


Plant name and address:

Froneri Philippines Inc. at National Road, Tibag, Pulilan, Bulacan, Philippines


Nestle Hong Kong Limited

Net weight:

3141.2 kgs

Best-before date:


Non-compliant test parameters:

Contains more than 100 coliform bacteria per gram

Detected content:

5 samples from the same batch contain 210 to 420 coliform bacteria per gram

Sampling location:

A cold store at Yuen Long


  1. The affected batch of the product are being kept in cold store and have not entered the market.
  2. Under the Frozen Confections Regulation (Cap 132AC), frozen confection for sale should not contain more than 100 coliform bacteria per gram. The maximum penalty for offenders is a fine of $10,000 and three months' imprisonment upon conviction.
  3. CFS will temporarily suspended the permission to import for sale of the product concerned granted earlier to the importer.
  4. The CFS will inform the Philippines authorities of the incident.
  5. The CFS has informed the importer, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

END/Friday, February 7, 2020