Preservative exceeds legal limit in Vanilla Ice Cream sample

Food name: Vanilla Ice Cream
Preservative: Benzoic Acid
Detected level: 354 parts per million
Maximum permitted level: 300 parts per million
Sampling location: A Frozen Confection Factory in Kwai Chung
  1. The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the vendor to stop selling 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 continue to follow up on the unsatisfactory result, including tracing the source of the food in question.
  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/Tuesday, October 17, 2022