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Excessive metallic contaminant found in prepackaged boletoid mushroom sample

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (June 6) announced that a prepackaged boletoid mushroom sample was detected with a metallic contaminant, cadmium, at a level exceeding the legal limit. Members of the public should not consume the affected batch of the product and the trade should also stop using or selling the product concerned immediately.

     Details of the product are as follows:

Product: Boletoid mushroom
Place of origin: Yunnan, China
Distributor: Goodies
Best-before date: February 28, 2017
Net weight: 80 grams per pack

     "The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from a shop in Kowloon City for testing under its regular Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that the sample contained cadmium at a level of 2.8 parts per million (ppm). After applying the conversion factors for dried foods as recommended by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the reported cadmium level for the sample was 0.185 ppm, exceeding the legal limit of 0.1 ppm. The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the test result and has instructed the vendor to stop the sale of the affected batch of the product. The CFS is tracing the source and distribution of the food item in question," a CFS spokesman said.

     According to the Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations (Cap. 132V), any person who sells food with metallic contamination above the legal limit is liable upon conviction to a fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.

     "Based on the level of cadmium detected in the sample, adverse health effects will not be caused under normal consumption. However, consumers who have bought and still possess the affected batch of the product should stop eating it," the spokesman said.

     The CFS will inform the Mainland authorities and alert the local trade, continue to closely follow up on the case and take appropriate actions to safeguard food safety and public health. Investigation is ongoing.

Ends/Monday, June 6, 2016
Issued at HKT 19:31


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