Prepackaged turnip pudding sample detected with non-permitted preservative

Food name:

Turnip cake



Net Weight:

350 grams

Place of origin:


Use by date:

December 10, 2021


Sorbic acid

Detected level:

774 parts per million

Maximum permitted level:

Not permitted in turnip cake

Sampling location:

A department store in Hung Hom


  1. The “use by date” of the affected batch is December 10, 2021, and the affected batch of the product had been sold out.
  2. According to the Preservatives in Food Regulation (Cap 132BD), any person who sells food with preservative above the legal limit may be prosecuted and is liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment upon conviction.
  3. Based on the level of sorbic acid detected in the sample, adverse health effects would not be caused under usual consumption.
  4. 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.
  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/ Tuesday, December 21, 2021