Prepackaged popcorn product may contain allergen (milk)

Issue Date 3.9.2019
Source of Information

The Food Standards Agency of the UK and Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Commission

Food Product

Prepackaged popcorn

Product Name and Description

Product name: Cinema Sweet Popcorn

Brand: The Big Night In

Place of origin: United Kingdom

Producer: Thomas Tucker Ltd

Importer: Chef's Garden Ltd

Net weight: 250 grams per bucket

Best-before date: November 21, 2019

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS), through its Food Incident Surveillance System, noted a notice issued by the Food Standards Agency of the UK that several kinds of popcorn products (including the above-mentioned product) are under recall because they may contain milk but the ingredient is undeclared on the food label. A related notification was also received from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Commission, indicating that the above local importer had imported the above affected batch of product into Hong Kong.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately followed up with the importer concerned as well as major local importers and retailers. Preliminary investigation confirmed that the importer concerned had imported the above batch of the affected product which was on sale in its retail outlets and it had already stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected batch of product and initiated a recall after being notified by the supplier.
  • The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • The trade should also stop using or selling the affected product immediately should they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Consumers who are allergic to milk should stop consuming the affected product. They should seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after consuming it.
Further Information

The CFS press release

  • Members of the public may call its hotline at 2501 5811 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department