Red chilli detected with cadmium exceeding legal limit

Food name:

Red chilli (small)

Place of Origin:


Metallic contaminant:


Detected level:

0.1 parts per million

Maximum legal limit

0.05 parts per million

Sampling location:

A stall in Western Wholesale Food Market


  1. The CFS has instructed the trade to stop selling all batches of the 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) Regulations (Cap 132V), any person who sells food with metallic contamination above the legal limit may be prosecuted and is liable upon conviction to a maximum 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 so as to safeguard public health.
  5. Prosecution will be taken should there be sufficient evidence.
  6. Investigation is ongoing.

END/Thursday, October 29, 2020