Prepackaged Seaweed sample not in compliance with nutrition label rules

Product name: Roasted Nori Onigiri 1/3 Cut
Brand: 山本海苔店
Place of origin: Japan
Manufacturer: Yamamoto-Noriten Co. Ltd.
Net weight: 19.6g
Best-before date: 28.6.2023
Non-compliant test parameters: Energy and Available Carbohydrates
Detected content:

Energy: 316kcal per 100g

Available Carbohydrates: 15.8g per 100g

Declared content:

Energy: 193kcal per 100g

Available Carbohydrates: 33.2g per 100g

Sampling location: A supermarket in Wan Chai District
  1. The Centre for Food Safety has urged the vendors concerned to stop selling the incriminated batch of the affected product.  
  2. Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence.
  3. According to Section 61 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132), if any person falsely describes a food or misleads as to the nature, substance or quality of the food on a label of the food sold by him, he shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment upon conviction.
  4. The Centre for Food Safety will inform the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

END/ Oct 14, 2022 (Friday)