Metallic contaminant exceeds legal limit in prepackaged dried porcini sample

Food name:

Premium Wild Porcini



Place of origin:

Packed in Hong Kong

Net weight:

80 grams

Best-before date:

June 30, 2025

Metallic contaminant: Mercury
Detected level:

After considering the factors for dried foods, the sample contained mercury at a level of 0.37 parts per million

Maximum level of metal: 0.1 parts per million
Sampling location:

A department store in Jordan

  1. The Centre for Food Safety has instructed the vendor to stop selling the incriminated batch of 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. Based on the level of Mercury detected in the sample, risk assessment showed that adverse health effects are unlikely 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 affected product.   Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence.

  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/ Wednesday, January 17, 2024