A batch of frozen buffalo meat from India suspected to contain veterinary drug chloramphenicol

Issue Date 3.8.2017
Source of Information

Macau authorities

Food Product

Frozen buffalo meat

Product Name and Description

Product: Fresh Frozen Meat
Brand: Frigerio
Place of origin: India
Importer: Viewfull International Company Limited
Weight: 20 kilograms (five pieces per carton)
Date of expiry: March-April, 2019

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • A notification was received by the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) from the Macau authorities that a batch of Indian frozen buffalo meat imported from Hong Kong was found to contain a veterinary drug, chloramphenicol. According to the Harmful Substances in Food Regulations (Cap. 132AF), no meat sold in Hong Kong for human consumption is allowed to contain chloramphenicol.
  • Upon receipt of the notification from the Macau authorities that the concerned Indian buffalo meat imported from Hong Kong was detected with chloramphenicol, the CFS immediately followed up. Preliminary investigation found that an importer, Viewfull International Company Limited, had imported the affected batch of the product from India. According to the information provided by the importer, a total of 1 400 cartons of the affected product were imported. Among these, 30 cartons were re-exported to Macau while the remaining 1 370 cartons were sold to local distributors. The importer concerned has initiated a recall according to the CFS' instruction.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS is tracing the distribution of the product concerned, and will alert the trade to the incident and request them to stop using or selling the affected product.
  • The CFS will inform the Indian authorities, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the products concerned.
Advice to Consumers
  • Stop consuming the affected batch of the product.
Further Information

The CFS press release

  • Members of the public may call the importer's hotline at 3701 1610 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department