Metal contamination exceeds legal limit in Scallop sample

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Place of origin: Japan
Metallic contaminant: Inorganic Arsenic
Detected level: 1.91 parts per million
Maximum legal limit: 0.5 parts per million
Sampling location: The Centre for Food Safety took the Scallop sample at import level


  1. The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the importer 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. The Centre for Food Safety will follow up on the unsatisfactory result, including tracing the source of the food in question and taking samples for testing.

  4. Investigation is ongoing.

END/Monday, July 24, 2023