Proposed Amendments to the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations


Metals are naturally present and ubiquitous in the environment. Metallic contaminants may enter the food supply chain through environmental contamination or during food production process. They may be present in food in trace amount. For ordinary adults, diet is one of the important sources of exposure to these metallic contaminants. The adverse health effects posed by metallic contaminants in food depend on the chemical nature, as well as the amount and duration of individual exposure, etc.

With a view to better protecting public health, facilitating effective regulation and promoting harmonisation between local and international standards, we propose to enhance and update the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations (Cap. 132V) (the Regulations).

Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) (Amendment) Regulation 2018

Technical Meeting (February 2018 – ongoing)

A series of meetings to discuss with trade and other interested stakeholders on technical issues related to the proposed amendments to the Regulations have been arranged.

3rd Meeting (13 June 2018)

2nd Meeting (23 March 2018)

1st Meeting (2 February 2018)

Public Consultation (6 June – 5 September 2017)

*For details regarding the Codex food classification and definitions of other food commodities, please refer to the website of the Codex Alimentarius Commission ( For example, canned food is generally referred to food products which are processed in an appropriate manner, before or after being hermetically sealed in a container.
Regarding the Codex Classification of Foods and Animal Feeds (Second Edition) (CAC/MISC 4), the revised food classification adopted by Codex (e.g. the revised fruit classification adopted in 2012) has not been incorporated in the aforementioned food classification document.