Excessive metallic contaminant found in shallot sample

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (August 25) announced that a shallot sample was detected with chromium, a metallic contaminant, at a level exceeding the legal limit. The CFS is following up on the case.
     "The CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from a supermarket in Sheung Shui for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that the sample contained chromium at a level of 2 parts per million (ppm), exceeding the legal limit of 1 ppm. The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and instructed it to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected product. The CFS is also tracing the source of the product concerned," 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.

     The CFS will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health. Investigation is ongoing.

Ends/Friday, August 25, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:05