Chocolate Fudge Icing detected with preservative sorbic acid exceeding legal limit

Food name:

Indulgent Chocolate Fudge Icing

Brand name:

Betty Crocker

Place of origin


Net Weight:

400 grams

Best-before date :



Sorbic acid

Detected level:

1180 parts per million

Maximum legal limit:

1000 parts per million

Sampling location:

A retail shop in Central


  1. The CFS has instructed the vendors to stop selling the incriminated batch of the affected product.
  2. Sorbic acid is a preservative of low-toxicity. Based on the level of detected in the above-mentioned sample, adverse health effects will not be caused under usual consumption.
  3. According to the Preservatives in Food Regulation (Cap 13BD), any person who sells food with preservative above the legal limit may be prosecuted and is liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment upon conviction.
  4. The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.

END/Friday, November 27, 2020