Antioxidant exceeds legal limit in prepackaged sesame noodle sample

Food name: 黑芝麻養生麵 (Not available in English)
Brand: 沾沾 (Not available in English)
Net Weight: 270 grams
Place of origin: China
Best before date:

November 30, 2022


Butylated hydroxytoluene

Detected level:

720 parts per million

Maximum permitted level:

200 parts per million

Sampling location:

A retail shop in Kwun Tong


  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 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 Butylated hydroxytoluene 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/ Wednesday, February 23, 2022