Not to Consume Milk Product with Total Bacterial Count exceeding Legal Limit

Issue Date 25.3.2014
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product


Product Name and Description

Product name: Pura Slim Milk Drink
Place of origin: Australia
Expiry date: March 31, 2014
Packing size: 1 litre

Reason For Issuing Alert

A sample of the milk product was collected for testing at the import surveillance level. The test result showed that the total bacterial count exceeded the legal limit indicating unsatisfactory hygienic conditions.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has notified the importer. The importer concerned has stopped supply of the product and initiated a recall of the affected product according to the instruction of the CFS. As three products of the same brand available for sale in Hong Kong are manufactured by the same processing plant, for the sake of prudence, the importer has voluntarily stopped the sale of, and taken the initiative to recall, the other two milk products, namely Pura Fresh Australian Milk and Pura Hi-Lo High Calcium Low Fat Milk Drink, in addition to the abovementioned slim milk.

The Centre has also suspended importation of the three products with immediate effect. The trade has also been alerted to the incident.

The CFS has requested the Australian authorities to investigate the case. It will also monitor the recall of the affected product and continue to follow up on the case.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the concerned products.

Advice to Consumers

It will be prudent for consumers to stop consuming the concerned product.

Further Information

The importer is the sole importer of the milk product concerned. Consumers can call a hotline set up by the importer at 2468 9645 for enquiries about the product recall.

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department