CFS urges public not to consume seasoning from Spain with possible presence of ethylene oxide

Issue Date 18.3.2021
Source of Information

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)

Food Product

A kind of seasoning imported from Spain

Product Name and Description

Product name: Mexican Seasoning

Brand: DANI

Place of origin: Spain

Net weight: 40 grams per bottle

Importer: Sure Profit Trading Ltd.

Best-before date: May 31, 2024

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 sesame seed used in the above-mentioned product was found earlier with a pesticide, ethylene oxide, which is not authorised by the EU.
  • 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, Sure Profit Trading Ltd., had imported 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 and stopped the sale of the affected product upon the CFS' advice and has initiated a recall.
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 2798 6699 during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department