Malachite green found in a prepackaged grass carp sample

Food name:

Not available in English (本地鯇魚(方便包))   

Use-by date:

July 9, 2020

Non-compliant test parameters:

Malachite green

Detected level:

2.0 parts per billion

Legal standard:

Not allowed

Sampling location:

A supermarket in Tai Kok Tsui


  1. The“ use by date”of the affected batch is July 9 2020, and the affected batch of the product had been sold out.
  2. 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 malachite green, he shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment upon conviction.
  3. The CFS will follow up on the unsatisfactory result, including tracing the source and distribution of the food in question and taking samples for testing so as to safeguard public health.
  4. Investigation is ongoing.

END/Thursday, July 23, 2020