CFS urges public not to consume prepackaged ginger root powder and coconut drink with possible presence of ethylene oxide

Issue Date 18.8.2021
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Prepackaged ginger root powder and coconut drink

Product Name and Description

Product name: Organic ginger root powder

Brand: Nature's Finest

Place of origin: India

Net weight: 100 grams per can

Best-before date: 21 November 2022

Importer: Tembo Foods Ltd


Product name: Organic coconut drink

Brand: BJORG

Place of origin: Italy

Net volume: 1 litre per pack

Best-before date: 26 January 2022

Importer: Tembo Foods Ltd

Reason For Issuing Alert

The CFS received a notification from the importer concerned that it was notified by its suppliers that the above-mentioned products were suspected of containing a pesticide, ethylene oxide, which is not authorised by the EU, and the importer had imported into Hong Kong the affected batches of the products concerned.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

Since ethylene oxide is not authorised by the EU, for the sake of prudence, the importer concerned has voluntarily removed the products from shelves, stopped the sale of the affected products 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.
  • Members of the public may call the importer's hotline at 2389 2312 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department