Call to stop consuming consume a batch of dark chocolate containing harmful contaminants, namely benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)

Issue Date 20.5.2016
Source of Information

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission

Food Product

A batch of dark chocolate manufactured in Spain

Product Name and Description

Product name: Dark chocolate bar 70% cocoa minimum
Brand name: Chocolaterie de l'Opera
Place of origin: Spain
Manufacturer: Barry Callebaut Manufacturing 
Lot number: 1505816053
Weight: 1 kilogramme (kg) per pack (5 packs per box with a total weight of 5 kg)
Best-before date: February 27, 2017

Reason For Issuing Alert

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the RASFF of the European Commission that a batch of dark chocolate manufactured in Spain was found to contain benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) at levels exceeding the relevant European standards. According to the information provided by the RASFF, the French wholesaler concerned has initiated a recall and certain affected product has been imported into Hong Kong.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has followed up with the importer concerned, Foodgears Industrial International Limited, and learned that a total of 16 boxes of the affected product (80kg in total) had been imported to Hong Kong. Some of the product had been supplied to a local hotel, while the remaining stock of eight boxes has been voluntarily surrendered by the importer concerned to the CFS for disposal.

The CFS has also instructed the importer to notify the hotel concerned to immediately remove from shelves and stop sale of the affected product, and initiate a recall.

The CFS will alert the trade to the incident and will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate follow-up action.

Advice to the Trade

Stop using or selling the product concerned.

Advice to Consumers

Not to consume the affected products. Members of the public may call the importer's hotline at 3999 5774 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department