Metallic Contamination exceeds legal limit in 3 dried Chinese white cabbage samples

Food name:

Dried Chinese White Cabbage

Place of Origin:


Metallic contaminant:


Best-before date:

  1. 30/11/2021
  2. 31/8/2021
  3. 31/12/2021

Detected level:

After considering the factors for dried foods, the samples contained chromium at levels of:-

  1. 0.83 parts per million
  2. 0.58 parts per million
  3. 0.7 parts per million

Maximum legal limit

0.5 parts per million

Sampling location:

  1. A supermarket in Chai Wan
  2. A supermarket in Tseung Kwan O
  3. A supermarket in Tuen Mun


  1. The CFS has instructed the trade to stop selling the incriminated batch of 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 chromium 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, March 23, 2021