Not to consume two kinds of plasticiser-tainted sauce imported from Taiwan

Issue Date 17.8.2011
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product


Product Name and Description

1. Brand name and food name: Flavor Full Black Sesame Spread
Manufacturer: Flavor Full Foods Inc.
Place of origin: Taiwan
Net weight: 170 g
Best before: May 19, 2012

2. Brand name and food name: Kimlan Sweet Sauce
Manufacturer: Kimlan Foods Co, Ltd
Place of origin: Taiwan
Net weight: 200 g
Best before: May 9, 2014

Reason For Issuing Alert

Both products have been found to contain plasticizer, di-butyl phthalate (DBP). Although the acute toxicity of DBP is low, chronic large-dose exposure to DBP was found to affect the reproduction and development and cause birth defect in animals.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has instructed the importers to immediately stop selling and recall the relevant batches of the products.

The CFS will closely follow up the case, conduct checks at retail outlets and take samples of similar products for testing.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the concerned products.

Advice to Consumers

Stop consuming the concerned products.

Further Information

The CFS press release

CFS Website: Plasticisers in food

For enquiries about the recall, members of the public may call the hotlines set up by local importers of the 'Flavor Full Black Sesame Spread' at 3628 7800 and the 'Kimlan Sweet Sauce' at 2382 0678 during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department