Metal contamination exceeds legal limit in prepackaged crab sample

Food name:

Frozen cooked ox crab

Place of origin:


Best-before date:

February 6, 2022

Metallic contaminant:


Detected level:

4.92 parts per million

Maximum legal limit

2 parts per million

Sampling location:

A supermarket in Tai Po


  1. The CFS has instructed the vendor 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. 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.
  4. Investigation is ongoing.

END/ Monday, August 2, 2021