Metallic contaminant exceeds legal limit in two prepackaged dried mushroom samples

Food name:

  1. Mushroom
  2. Gold Label Small Mushroom


  1. Eu Yan Sang
  2. On Kee

Net weight:

  1. 6 Taels
  2. 100 grams

Place of origin:

  1. (Not provided)
  2. China

Best before date:

  1. July 6, 2022
  2. October 30, 2023

Metallic contaminant:

Detected level:

After considering the factors for dried foods, the samples contained cadmium at levels of:-

  1. 0.172 parts per million
  2. 0.163 parts per million
Maximum level of metal: 0.1 parts per million
Sampling location:
  1. A department store in Quarry Bay
  2. A grocery store in Sheung Wan


  1. The CFS has instructed the vendors to stop selling the incriminated batches of the affected product.
  2. According to the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations (Cap 132V), any person who sells food with metallic contamination above the legal limit may be prosecuted and is liable upon conviction to a fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.
  3. Based on the level of cadmium detected in the samples, adverse health effects would 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.
  5. Investigation is ongoing

END/Tuesday, May 24, 2022