Not to consume several kinds of prepackaged seasoning due to the presence of ethylene oxide

Issue Date 9.2.2024
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Prepackaged seasoning

Product Name and Description

Product name: Chili Powder


Manufactured in: US

Net weight: 2.4oz (68 grams)

Best-before date: April 19, 2027

Distributor : SIMS Trading Co. Ltd.

Hotline: 2262 1587


Product name: Ground Nutmeg

Brand: BADIA

Packed in: US

Net weight: 2oz (56.7 grams)

Best-before date: December 2024

Importer: Baking

Hotline: 2172 6916


Product name: BASIL LEAVES

Brand: BADIA

Packed in: US

Net weight: 4oz (113.4 grams)

Best-before date: December, 2026

Distributor: Prime Fortune (Asia) Limited

Hotline: 2366 3330

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS collected the above-mentioned samples from a supermarket in Causeway Bay and two online shops respectively for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test results showed that the samples contained a pesticide, ethylene oxide.
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified ethylene oxide as a Group 1 carcinogen.
  • According to the Pesticide Residues in Food Regulation (Cap. 132CM), a food for human consumption containing pesticide residue may only be sold if consumption of the food is not dangerous or prejudicial to health.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS has informed the vendors concerned of the irregularities and instructed them to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected products.
  • According to the CFS’s instructions, the distributor(s) / importer(s) concerned have initiated recalls on the affected products.
Advice to the Trade
  • The trade should stop using or selling the affected products concerned immediately if they possess any of them.
Advice to Consumers
  • Members of the public not to consume the affected products if they have bought any.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call the respective hotlines above during office hours for enquiries about the recalls of the products concerned.

Photos for reference only.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department