Metallic contaminant exceeds legal limit in prepackaged salted butter sample

Product name:

Pure Irish butter salted
Brand: Avonmore
Place of origin: Ireland
Importer: JJ Global Sourcing Limited
Net weight: 200 g
Batch number: T200
Production date: 19.07.2022
Best-before date: 19.01.2024
Metallic contaminant: Arsenic
Detected level: 0.2 parts per million
Maximum level of metal: 0.1 parts per million
Sampling location: A cold store in Kwai Chung


  1. The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the importer to stop selling the incriminated batch of the affected product.

  2. According to Cap 132 V (Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations, any person who sells food with 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 Arsenic 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/Wednesday, August 30, 2023