Not to consume a kind of imported corn chips due to possible contamination with tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine

Issue Date 27.7.2022
Source of Information

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission

Food Product

Tortilla chips

Product Name and Description

Product name: Tortilla Chips Organic

Brand: Santa Maria

Place of origin: Germany

Net weight: 125 grams per pack

Batch no.: 31291, 31321, 31347, 32047, 32095

Expiry dates: August 18, 2022; September 17, 2022; October 13, 2022; December 16, 2022 and February 5, 2023

Importer: Pear & Carrot Limited

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS received a notification from RASFF of the European Commission that the product concerned is suspected to be contaminated with tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine. Information from RASFF noted that the affected product has been imported into Hong Kong and the origin of the contamination may be from ingredient used during production.
  • Consumption of products contaminated with tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine may cause short-term adverse effects, for example, dilated pupils, change of heart rate, dryness of the mouth, and flushed skin. Tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine will be excreted from the body and therefore there are no long term health effects.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS immediately contacted the local importer for follow-up. Preliminary investigation found that the importer had imported into Hong Kong the affected batches of the product. For the sake of prudence, the importer has stopped selling and removed from shelves the affected batches of the product upon the CFS's instructions and has initiated a recall. 

Advice to the Trade

The trade should stop using or selling the affected products immediately if they possess them.

Advice to Consumers

Do not consume the affected products.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call the importer, Pear & Carrot Limited, at 3616 0248 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department