Coliform bacteria exceeds legal limit in soft ice-cream sample

Product name:

Soft ice-cream

Place of origin:

Hong Kong

Non-compliant test parameters:

Contains more than 100 coliform bacteria per gram


Detected content:

Contains 330 coliform bacteria per gram

Sampling location:

A frozen confection factory in Quarry Bay


  1. Staff of the CFS has visited the frozen confection factory concerned and conducted inspection. The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and instructed it to stop selling the affected soft ice-cream 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. The CFS will continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health.
  4. Under the Frozen Confections Regulation (Cap 132AC), frozen confection for sale should not contain 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/Wednesday June 9, 2021