In recent years, there have been media reports of food products with false description. Some examples were counterfeit rice, counterfeit oranges, fake crocodile meat, and horse meat sold as beef. What is the role of Centre for Food Safety (CFS) in this type of incidents?

The CFS is responsible for ensuring that food for sale in Hong Kong is fit for human consumption. The CFS carries out regulatory and enforcement work in accordance with the provisions on food safety, food standards and labelling requirements under the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap. 132) and its subsidiary legislation.# Besides, consumers are protected by the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (Cap. 362) which prohibit false trade descriptions and misstatements in respect of goods provided in the course of trade. The Customs & Excise Department (C&ED) is responsible for enforcing the Trade Descriptions Ordinance. The CFS is ready to collaborate and support if the situation warrants.

#Some of the relevant provisions are listed below:.