CFS urges public not to consume plasticiser-tainted bottled tartare sauce imported from UK
|Source of Information||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
bottled tartare sauce
|Product Name and Description||
Product name: Tartare sauce
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The CFS collected the sample at a supermarket in Central for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that the sample contained DIDP at a level of 380 parts per million (ppm), exceeding the action level of 9ppm adopted by the CFS on related compounds.
DIDP is a type of phthalate plasticiser, which is a substance added to materials such as hard plastics to improve their flexibility and durability. Food may contain low levels of these plasticisers due to their migration from food contact materials during processing or packing as well as from environmental contamination. Based on the level of DIDP detected in the unsatisfactory sample, adverse health effects will not be caused under usual consumption.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the test result and instructed it to immediately remove from shelves and stop sale of the affected batch of the product.
|Advice to the Trade||
The trade should stop using or selling the affected batch of the product.
|Advice to Consumers||
For the sake of prudence, members of the public who still possess the affected batch of the product should stop consumption of it.
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department