Rice roll sample detected with preservative benzoic acid exceeding legal limit

Product name:

Steamed rice roll


Benzoic acid

Detected level:

1540 parts per million

Maximum permitted level:

1000 parts per million

Sampling location:

A restaurant in Mong Kok


  1. The CFS has instructed the vendor to stop selling the affected product.
  2. According to the Preservatives in Food Regulation (Cap 132BD), 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.
  3. Benzoic 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.
  4. The CFS will follow up on the unsatisfactory result, including tracing the source of the food in question so as to safeguard food safety and public health.
  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/ Friday, December 11, 2020