Preservative exceeds legal limit in prepackaged sweet radish sample

Food name:

Sweet Radish



Net weight:

200 grams

Place of origin:


Best before date:

November 4, 2023


Benzoic acid

Detected level:

1500 parts per million

Maximum permitted level:

1000 parts per million

Sampling location:

A retail shop in Tsim Sha Tsui


  1. The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the vendor 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 Benzoic acid 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. Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence.

  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/ Wednesday, June 21, 2023