Warning on canned luncheon meat contaminated with mercury

Issue Date 20.7.2010
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Luncheon meat

Product Name and Description

Greatwall Brand Chopped Pork and Ham
Weight: 340 g
Best before date: 17th January 2013
Distributing Agent: Yuen Tai Trading Company Ltd

Reason For Issuing Alert

A can of the “Greatwell Brand Chopped Pork and Ham” found to have liquid mercury.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has alerted the trade and the distributing agent is recalling the concerned batch of luncheon meat as a precautionary measure. It has also set up a hotline for consumers (Hotline: 2549 0016). The CFS will monitor the recall process.

The CFS has collected another 13 samples of the same product of different batches from the local market. Preliminary examination did not reveal mercury droplets. Detailed test results are pending.

The CFS has informed the relevant Mainland authority of the finding and will closely monitor the situation with appropriate follow up actions.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the concerned batch of products.

Advice to Consumers

Stop consuming the concerned batch of products. Alerting the CFS if any foreign matters are found in canned food.

Liquid mercury is poorly absorbed in the digestive tract. Significant health concern after its ingestion is unlikely.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department