Pesticide residue exceeds legal limit in Kiwi fruit sample

Food name: Kiwi fruit
Pesticide: Carbendazim
Detected level: 0.93 parts per million
Maximum residue limit: 0.5 parts per million
Sampling location: A retail outlet in Tsing Yi
  1. The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the vendor to stop selling the affected product.

  2. Any person who imports, manufactures or sells any food not in compliance with the requirements of the Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation (Cap 132CM) concerning pesticide residues commits an offence and is liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and to imprisonment for six months upon conviction.
  3. Based on the level of Carbendazim 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 affected product and taking sample for testing.
  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/ Wednesday, January 10, 2024