Antioxidant exceeds legal limit in a fish oil sample of a prepackaged fish oil supplement

Sample name:

Fish oil in a prepackaged fish oil supplement “Omega 3 500mg”

Net content: 120 Softgels
Place of origin: Canada
Best before date: September 30, 2024
Antioxidant: Butylated hydroxytoluene
Detected level: 610 parts per million
Maximum permitted level: 200 parts per million
Sampling location: A retail shop in Jordan
  1. The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the vendors 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 antioxidant 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 Butylated hydroxytoluene 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/Friday, October 28, 2022