A batch of milk imported without import permission

Issue Date 23.5.2017
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product


Product Name and Description

Product name: 北海道牛乳(No name in English available)
Brand: 雪印メグミルク(No name in English available)
Place of origin: Hokkaido, Japan
Importer: Temptation Taste Confectionery Ltd.
Net volume: 1 litre/200 millilitre per carton
Use-by date: June 24, 2017/June 23, 2017

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • No import permission of the Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene (DFEH) has been obtained for import of the affected product.
  • According to the Milk Regulation (Cap. 132AQ), any person who sells any milk or milk beverage imported into Hong Kong from a source of manufacture other than a source of manufacture which has been approved by DFEH shall commit an offence.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The import volumes of the two packing sizes (1 litre and 200 millilitre) are respectively 420 and 840 cartons. The CFS immediately instructed the importer concerned not to sell the affected product.
  • CFS' follow up investigation found that the importer concerned had distributed some of the product concerned to its retail outlets for sale. The CFS has already instructed the importer concerned to stop sale, remove from shelves, and initiate a recall of the product in question.
  • The remaining stocks including 190 cartons (1 litre) and 51 cartons (200 millilitres) of the affected product have been marked and sealed by the CFS.
  • The Centre is also tracing the source and distribution of the affected product. Inspections by the CFS on the retail outlets concerned confirmed that the product concerned was no longer on sale.
Advice to the Trade

Stop using or selling the affected product.

Advice to Consumers

Not to consume the products concerned.

Further Information

The CFS press release

For enquiries about the recall, members of the public may call the importer's hotline at 3543 0361 during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department