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Prepackaged shrimp cracker sample not in compliance with nutrition label rule
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (September 25) announced that the sugar content of a prepackaged shrimp cracker 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: Usami shrimp cracker
Product brand: Not available in English
Place of origin: Japan
Manufacturer: Not available in English
Importer/retailer: City Super Limited
Net weight: 150 grams per pack
Best-before date: December 29, 2017

     A spokesman for the CFS said, "While investigating a food complaint, the CFS collected the above-mentioned sample from a retail outlet of the retailer in Tsim Sha Tsui for testing. The test result showed that there was a discrepancy between the actual sugar content (23.3g per 100g) and the declared content (2g per 100g) on its nutrition label."

     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 or her, he or she shall be guilty of an offence and 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, September 25, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:45
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