CFS urges public not to consume several kinds of milk beverage imported without import permission

Issue Date 28.1.2022
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Prepackaged milk beverage

Product Name and Description

1. Barebells Milkshake Chocolate Flavour
2. Barebells Milkshake Vanilla Flavour
3. Barebells Milkshake Strawberry Flavour
4. Barebells Milkshake Banana Flavour

Brand: Barebells
Place of origin: Germany
Importer: Vitamin Well Hong Kong Limited
Net volume: 330ml per bottle

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • When handling a relevant complaint, the CFS found that the above-mentioned products, for which no import permission from the DFEH had been obtained, were sold at several retail outlets and online shops.
  • According to the Milk Regulation (Cap. 132AQ), any person who sells any milk or milk beverage imported into Hong Kong from a source of manufacture other than a source of manufacture which has been approved by DFEH shall commit an offence.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • Upon follow-up investigation, it was found that the importer concerned had imported the products. The CFS immediately instructed the importer concerned and vendors concerned to stop selling the product concerned, remove from shelves, initiate a recall of the products in question and traced their source and distribution.
  • The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incident 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
  • Should not consume the affected product.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call the importer's hotline at 9848 1802 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department