Preservative exceeds legal limit in prepackaged shrimp noodles sample

Food name:




Net weight:

454 grams

Place of origin:

Hong Kong

Best before date:

June 23, 2024


Sulphur Dioxide

Detected level:

82 parts per million

Maximum permitted level:

20 parts per million

Sampling location:

A supermarket in Tsing Yi


  1. The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the vendors 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 sulphur dioxide detected in the sample, adverse health effects would not be caused under usual consumption.
  4. The Centre for Food Safety will inform the trade, continue to follow up on the unsatisfactory result, including tracing the source of the food in question. Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence.
  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/ Wednesday, July 27, 2022