Coliform bacteria exceeds legal limit in Frozen Confections sample

Product name:

Ekselence Ice Cream Mini Classic Stick (45 g)



Place of origin: Latvia
Plant name and address:

180 Bauskas Street, Riga, LV-1004, Latvia


Food Union (TD) Hong Kong Limited

Net weight:


Best-before date:


Non-compliant test parameters:

Contains more than 100 coliform bacteria per gram

Detected content:

5 samples from the same batch contain 160 to 290 coliform bacteria per gram

Sampling location:

A cold store at Sha Tin


  1. The affected batches of the products are being kept in cold store and have not entered the market.
  2. 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.
  3. CFS will temporarily suspended the permission to import for sale of the product concerned granted earlier to the importer.
  4. The CFS will inform the Latvia authorities of the incident.
  5. The CFS has informed the importer, will continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

END/Friday, December 03, 2021