Not to consume salty chicken due to the presence of Salmonella

Issue Date 15.1.2024
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety

Food Product

Salty chicken

Product Name and Description

Vendor: Booth 3B15 of Friendship Rainbow Company Limited at the Hong Kong Food Festival held from December 23 to 27, 2023

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from exhibition booth 3B15 at the Hong Kong Food Festival in Wan Chai for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme.
  • The test result showed the presence of Salmonella in 25 grams of the sample, exceeding the criterion of the Microbiological Guidelines for Food which states that Salmonella should not be detected in 25g of a ready-to-eat food sample.
  • Salmonella infection may cause fever and gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The effects on infants, young children, the elderly and people with a weak immune system could be more severe and may even lead to death.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the above irregularity and instructed it to recall the relevant food product.
  • The CFS is also tracing the source and distribution of the product concerned.
  • The CFS will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
Advice to Consumers
  • Members of the public who had purchased salty chicken from the above-mentioned booth should not consume them.
  • If symptoms develop after consuming the food, they should seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call its hotline at 5708 1363 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department