CFS urges public not to consume plasticiser-tainted bottled tartare sauce imported from UK

Issue Date 18.8.2016
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

bottled tartare sauce

Product Name and Description

Product name: Tartare sauce
Brand name: Stokes
Manufacturer: Stokes Sauces
Place of origin: United Kingdom
Net weight: 200 grams
Best before date: July 31, 2016

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.

The CFS will inform the UK authority concerned of the incident and alert the trade. Meanwhile, the CFS is also tracing the source and distribution of the affected product.

The CFS will continue to follow up on the case. If any food product is found to be tainted with plasticisers, the CFS will take the necessary follow-up action to safeguard public health.

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.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department