Pesticide residue exceeds legal limit in chinese wolfberry leaf sample

Food name: Chinese wolfberry leaf
Pesticide: Amitraz
Detected level: 0.91 parts per million
Maximum residue limit: 0.05 parts per million
Sampling location: A market stall in Tuen Mun
  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 Amitraz 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.
  5. Investigation is ongoing.

END/ Monday, January 22, 2024