Prepackaged walnut drink may contain allergen (milk)

Issue Date 27.7.2018
Source of Information

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)

Food Product

Prepackaged walnut drink

Product Name and Description

Product name: OraSi Walnut

Place of origin: Italy

Manufacturer: UNIGRA S.R.L

Importer: UNIGRA S.R.L (Hong Kong)

Distributor: Well Synergy International Limited

Packing: 1 litre per pack

Best-before-date: February 14, 2019

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from RASFF of the European Commission that the above-mentioned product is under recall because it may contain an allergen, milk, which is not declared on the food label. According to information provided by the RASFF, the above-mentioned importer imported some of the affected product into Hong Kong.
  • People who are allergic to milk may have immunologic response like vomiting, diarrhoea and rash upon consumption of food containing this allergen. In severe cases, anaphylactic shock may even develop. As for other members of the public, generally speaking, they would not be subject to such reactions when the food in question is consumed.
  • The Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) Regulations (Cap 132W) require that all prepackaged food for sale in Hong Kong should list out the food ingredients in its list of ingredients. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned which confirmed that it had imported a total of 420 packs of the affected product. Among them, 300 packs were distributed to Well Synergy International Limited and some of them had been sold. The importer and the distributor have stopped sale and initiated a recall of the affected product according to CFS's instruction. 
  • The CFS has alerted the trade and will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action. Investigation is on-going.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the affected batches of the product.
Advice to Consumers
  • Consumers who are allergic to milk to stop consuming the product concerned. They should seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after consuming it.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call the distributor's hotline at 3698 1653 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department