Prepackaged pancake mix sample detected with non-permitted preservative

Food name:

Morinaga Hokkaido Hot Cake Mix



Net Weight:


Place of origin:


Best before date:

December 30, 2023


Methyl para-hydroxybenzoate

Detected level:

216.4 parts per million

Maximum permitted level:

Not permitted

Sampling location:

A supermarket at Siu Sai Wan


  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 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 methyl para-hydroxybenzoate 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.
  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/ Friday, May 19, 2023