Excessive metallic contaminant found in dried lily bulb sample

Issue Date 22.5.2017
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Prepackaged dried lily bulb

Product Name and Description

Product name: Dried lily bulb
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)
Net weight: 0.5 catty per pack
Best-before date: November 2, 2017

Reason For Issuing Alert

The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample at a retail outlet in Tai Po for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that the sample contained cadmium at a level of 1.1 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 lily bulb sample was 0.45ppm, exceeding the legal limit of 0.1ppm.

Based on the level of cadmium detected in the sample, adverse health effects will not be caused under usual consumption.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

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

Investigation is ongoing.

Advice to the Trade

Stop using or selling the affected batch of the product immediately.

Advice to Consumers

Stop eating the affected batch of the product.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department