Prepackaged pork sausage detected with non-permitted preservative

Product name: Premium Pork Sausage
Brand: 蘭香園
Place of origin: Vietnam
Importer: Amerasia Food Service Company Limited
Net weight: 600 g
Lot Code: VN.176.IV.077
Best-before date: 11/06/2024
Name of preservative: Benzoic Acid
Detected level:

310 parts per million

Maximum permitted level:

Not Permitted

Sampling location: A cold store in Kwai Chung
  1. The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the importer 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 benzoic acid 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 and taking sample for testing.
  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/ October 13, 2022 (Thursday)