Metal contamination exceeds legal limit in lily bulb sample

Food name:

Lily bulb

Metallic contaminant:


Detected level:

0.16 parts per million

Maximum legal limit:

0.05 parts per million

Sampling location:

A market stall in Tung Chung


  1. The CFS has instructed the vendor to stop selling the affected product.
  2. According to the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations (Cap 132V), any person who sells food with metallic contamination above the legal limit may be prosecuted and is liable upon conviction to a fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.
  3. Based on the level of cadmium detected in the sample, adverse health effects would not be caused under usual consumption.
  4. The CFS will continue to follow up on the unsatisfactory result, including tracing the source of the food in question and taking sample for testing so as to safeguard public health.
  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/Tuesday, February 9, 2021