Vegetables on sale in Hong Kong are mainly imported from the Mainland and come from registered farms/collection stations under the supervision of the respective Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureaus of the People's Republic of China. The Man Kam To Food Control Office of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) has been set up for collecting random vegetable samples imported from the Mainland. Following the reports in mid-April concerning the presence of pesticide residues in vegetables, the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of FEHD has taken proactive measures such as collecting vegetable samples from supermarkets for testing to safeguard public health.
In addition, CFS has urged the major retailers to purchase vegetables from registered farms/collection stations on the Mainland and to cease importing vegetables from unregistered farms/collection stations. CFS has also requested the major retailers to ask their suppliers to produce relevant documents issued by the Mainland authorities.
Remarks: The duties and team of Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine has been included into General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China since 2018.