Excessive metallic contaminant found in prepackaged boletoid mushroom sample
|Source of Information||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
|Product Name and Description||
Product: Boletoid mushroom
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from a shop in Kowloon City for testing under its regular Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that the sample contained cadmium at a level of 2.8 parts per million (ppm). After applying the conversion factors for dried foods as recommended by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the reported cadmium level for the sample was 0.185 ppm, exceeding the legal limit of 0.1 ppm.
According to the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations (Cap. 132V), any person who sells food with metallic contamination above the legal limit is liable upon conviction to a fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.
Based on the level of cadmium detected in the sample, adverse health effects will not be caused under normal consumption. However, consumers who have bought and still possess the affected batch of the product should stop eating it.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the test result and has instructed the vendor to stop the sale of the affected batch of the product. The CFS is tracing the source and distribution of the food item in question.
|Advice to the Trade||
Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately.
|Advice to Consumers||
Not to consume the affected batch of the product.
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department