CFS urges public not to consume imported bottled black vinegar product that might contain red fermented rice with suspected problems

Issue Date 28.3.2024
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Bottled black vinegar product

Product Name and Description

Product name: (Not available in English)
Brand: (Not available in English)
Place of origin: Japan
Volume: 500 ml
Importer: Golden Fellow Hong Kong Limited

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS, upon learning that food and beverages which were made with suspected problematic red fermented rice are recently being recalled in Japan, immediately contacted importers and retailers for follow-up. A preliminary investigation found that a retail outlet in Causeway Bay had sold the affected bottled black vinegar product.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The above-mentioned importer has stopped sales and removed from shelves the affected product, and has initiated a recall according to the CFS's instructions.

  • The CFS has alerted the trade and will continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.

  • The CFS has also enhanced relevant surveillance and will closely monitor the latest developments in the Japanese authority's recalls of relevant food products. The investigation is ongoing.

Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the products concerned immediately if they possess them.
Advice to Consumers
  • Not to consume the affected products if they have bought any.

  • Members of the public should consult medical professionals if they intend to consume food products containing red fermented rice for improving health conditions.

Further Information

The CFS press release

  • Members of the public may call its hotline at 5132 8989 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department