Total bacterial counts and coliform bacteria exceed legal limit in Frozen Confections sample

Product name:

Soft Ice-cream (Vanilla Flavor)

Place of origin: Hong Kong
Non-compliant test parameters: Contains more than 50 000 bacteria per gram and more than 100 coliform bacteria per gram
Detected content: Contains 120 000 bacteria per gram and 1 200 coliform bacteria per gram
Sampling location: A restaurant in Tai Po


  1. Staff of the CFS has visited the restaurant concerned and conducted inspection. The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and instructed it to stop selling the affected frozen confection immediately.
  2. The CFS has provided health education on food safety and hygiene to the person-in-charge and staff of the vendor concerned, and has requested them to carry out thorough cleaning and disinfection.
  3. Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence.
  4. The CFS will continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health.
  5. Under the Frozen Confections Regulation (Cap 132AC), frozen confection for sale should not contain more than 50 000 bacteria per gram or more than 100 coliform bacteria per gram. The maximum penalty for offenders is a fine of $10,000 and three months' imprisonment upon conviction.

END/ Friday, January 22, 2021