Metallic contaminant exceeds legal limit in a prepackaged dried porcini sample

Food name:


Place of origin:


Best-before date:

November 28, 2022

Metallic contaminant:


Detected level:

After considering the factors for dried foods, the sample contained mercury at a level of 0.24 parts per million

Maximum level of metal:

0.1 parts per million

Sampling location:

An online vendor


  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 mercury detected in the sample, adverse health effects would not be caused under usual consumption.
  4. The CFS will inform the trade, 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/Monday, August 30, 2021