Prepackaged beef jerky sample detected with non-permitted preservative

Food name:

Black Pepper Beef Sliced
Brand: 金安記食品 (Not available in English)
Place of origin: Taiwan
Net weight: 50g
Best before date: February 10, 2022
Preservative: Sorbic acid
Detected level: 646 parts per million
Maximum permitted level: Not Permitted
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 Preservatives in Food Regulation (Cap 13BD), sorbic acid is not permitted to be added in meat and meat products. An offender is subject to a fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment upon conviction.
  3. Sorbic acid is a preservative of low-toxicity. Based on the level of detected in the above-mentioned sample, adverse health effects will 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/ Friday, November 12, 2021