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Oyster sauce sample detected to have non-permitted preservative
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (May 5) that a bottled oyster sauce sample was found to contain propyl para-hydroxybenzoate, a preservative not permitted in food. Investigation is ongoing.
     Product details are as follows:
Product name: Golden Oyster Sauce
Brand: Yuan's
Manufacturer:  I-Ho-Yuan Food Products Ltd
Sole agent: Fu Kee Food Company
Place of origin: Hong Kong
Net volume: 250 millilitres per bottle
Best before date:  August 1, 2018
     "The CFS collected the oyster sauce sample from a shop in North Point for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that the sample contained propyl para-hydroxybenzoate at a level of 485 parts per million," the CFS spokesman said.
     Under the Preservatives in Food Regulation (Cap. 132 BD), propyl para-hydroxybenzoate is not a permitted preservative in food. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment.
     The spokesman said the CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and instructed it to stop selling and remove from shelves the affected product. The CFS is tracing the source of the affected product.
     The CFS will inform the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate actions to safeguard food safety and public health.
Ends/Friday, May 5, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:43
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