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Prepackaged granulated sugar sample not in compliance with nutrition label rule
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (October 16) announced that the energy content of a prepackaged granulated sugar sample was found to be inconsistent with the declared content on its nutrition label. The CFS urged the trade to stop selling the affected batch of the product immediately.

     Product details are as follows:
Product name: Suzuran White Beet Sugar
Place of origin: Japan
Manufacturer: Nippon Beet Sugar Manufacturing Co Ltd
Net weight: 500 grams per pack
Best-before date: May 20, 2019

     A spokesman for the CFS said, "The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from a supermarket in Causeway Bay for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that there was a discrepancy between the actual content of energy (398 kcal per 100g), and the declared content on its nutrition label (282 kcal per 100g)."
     He added, "The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and the vendor concerned has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected batch of the product according to the CFS' instructions."
     According to Section 61 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132), if any person falsely describes food or misleads as to the nature, substance or quality of the food on a label of the food sold by him, he shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment upon conviction.
     The CFS will inform the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action.
Ends/Monday, October 16, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:17
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