Frozen Swordfish fillet sample detected with Methylmercury exceeding legal limit

Food name:

Frozen Swordfish fillet

Metallic contaminant:


Detected level:

2.9 parts per million

Maximum legal limit:

0.5 parts per million

Sampling location:

An online shop


  1. The CFS has instructed the trade to stop selling the incriminated batch of the affected product.
  2. Based on the level of Methylmercury detected in the sample, adverse health effects would not be caused under usual consumption.
  3. According to the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulation, 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/Thursday, April 9, 2020