CFS finds plasticisers in balsamic vinaigrette and sports drink powder
|Source of Information||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
Balsamic vinaigrette and sports drink powder
|Product Name and Description||
(1) Brand name and food name: Good Housekeeping good food Italian Balsamic Vinaigrette
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The balsamic vinaigrette contained a plasticiser, Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) at a level of 130 parts per million (ppm), exceeding the action level of 9ppm adopted by the CFS. The sports drink powder contained a plasticiser, di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) at a level of 2.3ppm, exceeding the action level of 1.5ppm adopted by the CFS.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
The CFS has instructed the importers to immediately stop selling and recall the affected batches of the products.
The CFS will follow up the case, closely monitor the recall arrangements and conduct checks at retail outlets to see if the affected batches are available for sale.
|Advice to the Trade||
Stop selling the affected product.
|Advice to Consumers||
Stop consuming the affected product.
Dietary exposure estimation revealed that the exposure to plasticisers by consumers would not exceed the safety reference value and have no health concern from consuming the affected sample.
The importers had initiated their own product recall and set up a hotline at 2375 8222 (vinaigrette) and 2884 6888 (sports drink powder) during office hours to answer consumers' enquiries about recall arrangements.
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department