Caramel Syrup detected with non-permitted preservative

Food name:

Salted Caramel Syrup

Brand name:


Place of origin


Net Weight:

375 ml

Best-before date :



Sorbic acid

Detected level:

324 parts per million

Maximum legal limit:

Not Permitted

Sampling location:

An online shop


  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), sorbic acid is not permitted to be added in other sugars and syrup. An offender is subject to a 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