Sulphur dioxide found in a prepackaged beef sample and not in compliance with label rules

Food name:

Not available in English (牛肉片)

Use-by date:

September 17, 2020

Non-compliant test parameters:

Sulphur dioxide

Detected level:

81.9 parts per million

Legal standard:

Not permitted

Sampling location:

Online shop


  • The“ use by date”of the affected batch is September 17, 2020, and the affected batch of the product had been sold out.
  • According to the Preservatives in Food Regulation (Cap 132BD), it is an offence to add sulphur dioxide to fresh or chilled meat. Furthermore, the Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) Regulations (Cap 132W) require that for all prepackaged food for sale in Hong Kong containing sulphite in a concentration of 10 ppm or more, the functional class of the sulphite and its name shall be specified in the list of ingredients. Offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment upon conviction.

  • 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.

  • Investigation is ongoing.

END/Wednesday, October 14, 2020