*(Updated on 14 September 2018) Packed milk drink sample found to contain excessive Bacillus cereus

Issue Date 4.9.2018
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Kowloon Dairy Hi-Calcium Skimmed milk drink

Product Name and Description

Product name: Kowloon Dairy Hi-Calcium Skimmed milk drink

Manufacturer: The Kowloon Dairy Ltd

Volume: 236 millilitres per pack

Use-by date: August 23, 2018

*Updated on 14 September 2018

The CFS has collected a total of 13 follow-up samples of Kowloon Dairy milk products including samples collected from the concerned factory for testing. Results of all 13 samples are satisfactory.

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • Following up on a food complaint, the CFS collected the concerned sample from a supermarket in Sha Tin for testing. The test result showed that the sample contained Bacillus cereus at a level of 3.8 million per gram. Under the Microbiological Guidelines for Food, if ready-to-eat food contains Bacillus cereus at a level of more than 100 000 per gram, it is considered unsatisfactory.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS had informed the manufacturer and the vendor concerned of the test result. Investigation was conducted at the production plant and the supermarket concerned and follow-up samples were collected for further testing. Investigation is ongoing.
  • The CFS has also provided health education on food safety and hygiene for the staff of the production plant and the supermarket and requested them to carry out thorough cleaning and disinfection.
  • The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action in order to safeguard public health and food safety.
Advice to the Trade
  • According to Section 54 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132), all food available for sale in Hong Kong, locally produced or imported, should be fit for human consumption. An offender is subject to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months upon conviction.
Advice to Consumers
  • Bacillus cereus is commonly found in the environment. Unhygienic conditions in food processing and storage may give rise to its growth. Consuming food contaminated with excessive Bacillus cereus may cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting and diarrhoea.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department