Prepackaged seaweed sample not in compliance with nutrition label rules

Product name: Mild Seasoned Laver (Suitable for 9 months or above)
Brand: Bebefood
Place of origin: Korea
Manufacturer: Bebefood Korea Co Ltd.
Net weight: 20g
Best-Before date: 4.8.2023
Non-compliant test parameters: Available Carbohydrates, Saturated Fatty Acids and Sodium
Detected content:

Available Carbohydrates: 3.6g per 100g

Saturated Fatty Acids: 2.2g per 100g

Sodium: 1400mg per 100g

Declared content:

Available Carbohydrates: 0.62g per 2g (31g per 100g)

Saturated Fatty Acids: 0g per 2g (0g per 100g)

Sodium: 14mg per 2g (700mg per 100g)

Sampling location: An online shop
  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 17, 2022 (Monday)