Not to consume imported soya lecithin product which may contain allergen (peanuts)

Issue Date 10.11.2022
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety

Food Product

Soya lecithin product

Product Name and Description

Product name: Mega Soya Lecithin 1325 mg

Brand: Holland & Barrett

Place of origin: United Kingdom

Name of Importer: A.S Watson Retail (HK) Limited

Batch: All batches

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS received intelligence that ingredients used in the production of the above-mentioned product may contain an allergen, peanuts, but it was not declared on the product's label.
  • Peanuts are a known food allergen. Those who are allergic to it may develop symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, asthma and rash upon consumption. In severe cases anaphylactic shock may even develop.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS immediately contacted the above-mentioned local importer for follow-up.
  • The importer had stopped sales and removed from shelves the affected product. It has also initiated a recall.
  • The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action as and when necessary. An investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the affected products immediately if they possess them.
Advice to Consumers
  • Consumers who are allergic to peanuts not to consume the product concerned. Those who feel unwell after consuming it should seek medical treatment.
Further Information

The CFS press release 

Members of the public may call the relevant importer's hotline at 2608 8383 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department