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Canned luncheon meat sample not in compliance with nutrition label rule
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (July 19) announced that the saturated fatty acid content of a canned luncheon meat 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: Korea SAJO – Luncheon Meat
Place of origin: Korea
Manufacturer: Korea Sajo Haepyo Corporation
Agent: Goldtop Century Ltd
Net weight: 340 grams per can
Best before date: November 8, 2019
     A spokesman for the CFS said, "The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from a supermarket in Quarry Bay for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that there was a discrepancy between the actual saturated fatty acid content (5.7g per 100g) and the declared content (0g per 100g) on its nutrition label.
     "The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and has instructed it to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected batch of the product. Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence. The CFS is also tracing the distribution of the affected product."
     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 them, they 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/Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:27
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