Not to consume sesame oil from Italy with possible presence of ethylene oxide

Issue Date 29.1.2021
Source of Information

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Commission

Food Product

A kind of sesame oil imported from Italy

Product Name and Description

Product name: Organic sesame seed oil

Brand: Crudigno

Place of origin: Italy

Net weight: 250 millilitres per bottle


Best-before date: August 27, 2021

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that the above-mentioned product was found with a pesticide, ethylene oxide, not authorised by the EU and is being recalled. According to the information provided by the RASFF, the affected product has been imported into Hong Kong.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately contacted the local importer concerned for follow-up. A preliminary investigation found that the importer YES NATURAL INTERNATIONAL LTD had imported some of the affected product into Hong Kong. Since ethylene oxide is not authorised by the EU, for the sake of prudence, the importer has removed the product from shelves, has stopped the sale of the affected product upon the CFS' advice and has initiated a recall.
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, continue to follow up and take appropriate action. An 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 product if they have bought any.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Enquiries about the recall can be made to the hotline of the importer at 2786 0727 during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department