Metallic contaminant exceeds legal limit in prepackaged dried Chinese white cabbage sample

Brand: (Not available in English)
Net weight: 200 grams
Place of origin: China
Use by date: November 11, 2023
Metallic contaminant: Chromium
Detected level: After considering the factors for dried foods, the sample contained chromium at a level of 0.56 parts per million.
Maximum level of metal:

0.5 parts per million

Sampling location:

An online vendor

  1. The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the vendor to stop selling the incriminated batch of the affected product.
  2. According to the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations (Cap 132V), any person who sells food with metallic contamination above the legal limit may be prosecuted and is liable upon conviction to a fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.
  3. Based on the level of chromium 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/ Monday, February 13, 2023