Not to consume a batch of chilled beef from Italy with possible presence of drug residue

Issue Date 16.11.2020
Source of Information

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission

Food Product

Chilled beef

Product Name and Description

Product name: Fassona Beef Carpaccio 750g

Place of origin: Italy

Importer: Longino & Cardenal Ltd

Batch:  22423

Production date: October 20, 2020

Use-by date: November 19, 2020

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the RASFF that the above-mentioned product was found with a drug residue dexamethasone and is being recalled. According to the information provided by the RASFF, the affected product has been imported into Hong Kong.  Preliminary investigation found that importer Longino & Cardenal Ltd had imported some of the affected product into Hong Kong. The importer has initiated a recall according to the CFS' instructions.
  • Dexamethasone is a kind of veterinary drug. Animal studies showed that long-term excessive dietary exposure may cause reproductive problem.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up. The importer concerned has initiated a recall according to the CFS' instructions.
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Not to consume the affected batch of the product if they have bought any.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Enquiries about the recall can be made to the hotline at 2786 1238 during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department