Excessive metallic contaminant found in prepackaged dried mushroom sample

Issue Date 1.12.2016
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Prepackaged dried mushroom

Product Name and Description

Product name: Dried mushroom
Brand name: 盞記(English name not available)
Place of origin: China
Packer: 君政國際有限公司(English name not available)
Best-before date: August 1, 2017
Net weight: 0.5 catty per pack

Reason For Issuing Alert

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) collected the above-mentioned sample from a retail outlet in North Point for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that the sample contained cadmium at a level of 1.5 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 dried mushroom sample was 0.135ppm, exceeding the legal limit of 0.1ppm.

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 instructed it to stop selling the affected batch of the product. The CFS is tracing the source of the product concerned.

The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

Advice to the Trade

Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately.

Advice to Consumers

Not to consume the affected batch of the product.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department