Metallic contaminant exceeds legal limit in sweet pepper sample

Food name:

Sweet pepper

Metallic contaminant:

1. Lead
2. Cadmium

Detected level:

1. 0.22 parts per million
2. 0.14 parts per million

Maximum level of metal:

1. 0.05 parts per million
2. 0.05 parts per million

Sampling location:

A retail shop in Sha Tin


  1. The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the vendor to stop selling 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 lead and cadmium 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 and taking sample for testing.

  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/ Tuesday, April 11, 2023