Coliform bacteria exceeds legal limit in Frozen Confections sample

Product name:

Hazelnut Ice Cream (500 ml)


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Place of origin:

Plant name and address:

MARTOSCA Speiseeismanufaktur GmbH
Max-Eyth-Straβe 11, 72622 Nurtingen, Germany


Martosca Asia Pacific Limited

Net weight:

421.2 kg
Best-before date: 31.05.2023
Non-compliant test parameters: Contains more than 100 coliform bacteria per gram
Detected content: 5 samples from the same batch contain 180 to 220 coliform bacteria per gram
Sampling location:

A cold store at Tsuen Wan


  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 Germany authorities of the incident.
  5. The CFS has informed the importer, will continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

END/Wednesday, March 02, 2022