Prepackaged seaweed sample not in compliance with nutrition label rules

Product name: Dried Nori Seaweed
Brand: Jonetz
Place of origin: Japan
Manufacturer: Sekicuchi Norlten
Net Weight: 130g
Best-Before date: 20.2.2023
Non-compliant test parameters: Available Carbohydrates
Detected content: 23.5g per 100g
Declared content: 43.3g per 100g
Sampling location: A supermarket in Tsuen Wan 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 17, 2022 (Monday)