Excessive metallic contaminant found in prepackaged dried porcini mushroom sample

Issue Date 30.6.2017
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Prepackaged dried porcini mushroom

Product Name and Description

Product name: Funghi Porcini secchi Speciali
Brand: Max
Packer: Max Delizie SAS di Massimo Zuccato & C
Place of origin: Italy
Best-before date: February 9, 2018
Net weight: 100 grams per pack

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from a supermarket in Central for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that the sample contained cadmium at a level of 1.68 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 sample was 0.17 ppm, 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 has informed the vendor concerned of the test result and instructed the vendor to stop the sale of the affected batch of the product. The CFS is tracing the source and distribution of the product in question.
  • The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health.
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