Undeclared allergen (milk) found in bottled rice drink

Issue Date 25.7.2016
Source of Information

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Food Product

Rice Drink

Product Name and Description

Product name: Woongjin Morning Rice Drink
Place of origin: Korea
Manufacturer: Woongjin Foods Co., Ltd
Volumes : 500 millilitres/1.5 litres per bottle
Product codes: (500 millilitres) 8801382124528/(1.5 litres) 8801382123446

Reason For Issuing Alert

The CFS has learned through its Food Incident Surveillance System a notice issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that the abovementioned rice drink contains milk which can cause food allergies but it is not declared on the food label.

People who are allergic to milk may have immunologic response like vomiting, diarrhoea and rash upon consumption of food containing this allergen. In severe cases, anaphylactic shock may even develop. As for other members of the public, generally speaking, they would not be subject to such reactions when the food in question is consumed.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The trade in Canada is recalling the affected product. The CFS immediately followed up with major local retailers. Preliminary investigation found that an online retailer, HKTV mall, had sold the affected product. The vendor has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected product according to the instructions of CFS. A recall has also been initiated. Members of the public may call HKTV mall’s hotline at 2637 0646 for enquiries during office hours about the recall.

The CFS has conducted sales checks at local retail outlets and so far no affected product was found available for sale and alerted the trade to the incident and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the product concerned immediately.

Advice to Consumers

Consumers who are allergic to milk to stop consuming the product concerned. People should seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after consuming it.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department