Not to consume a kind of imported prepackaged frozen broccoli suspected to be contaminated with toxic plant seeds

Issue Date 28.4.2021
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety

Food Product


Product Name and Description

Product name: Organic Broccoli Florets

Brand: OOB Food LP

Place of origin: New Zealand

Importer: The Produce Company Hong Kong Limited

Net weight: 370 grams per pack

Best-before date: September 3, 2022, and September 23, 2022

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS received a notification from the New Zealand concerned authorities through the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) that the abovementioned product might have been contaminated with seeds of Xanthium spp, a toxic plant, and is being recalled.
  • According to the information provided by INFOSAN, the affected product has been imported into Hong Kong.
  • Seeds of Xanthium spp contain toxic substances which can induce liver and kidney damage.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS immediately contacted the local importer concerned for follow-up.
  • A preliminary investigation found that the importer, The Produce Company Hong Kong Limited, had imported some of the affected product into Hong Kong.
  • The CFS has instructed the importer to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected batch of product and initiate a recall.
Advice to the Trade
  • The trade should also stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Do not to consume the affected product if they have bought any.
  • Enquiries about the recall can be made to the importer's hotline at 2587 1187 during office hours.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department