Prepackaged dates sample not in compliance with Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) Regulations

Product name:

Preserved Dates


Pak Shing Tong


July 4, 2021

Net weight:

1 catty

Non-compliant test parameter:

No declaration of permitted preservative, Sorbic acid in ingredient list on the food label

Detected content:

170 ppm of Sorbic acid, within the legal limit (1,000 parts per million)

Declared content:

Not Applicable

Sampling location:

A retail shop in Mong Kok


  1. The CFS has urged the vendor to stop selling all batches of the affected product.
  2. The CFS is tracing the distribution of the affected product.
  3. According to Regulation 4A(1) and 5(1AA) of the Food and Drugs (Composition And Labelling) Regulations (Cap 132W), prepackaged food shall be marked and labelled in the manner prescribed in Schedule 3. Any person who advertises for sale, sells or manufactures for sale any prepackaged food which is not marked or labelled in compliance with regulation 4A(1) or 4B(1) commits an offence and is liable to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 6 months.
  4. Prosecution will be taken should there be sufficient evidence.
  5. The CFS will inform the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

END/ Monday, December 21, 2020