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CFS follows up on illegal import of milk beverage product from Japan
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (February 17) that 10 cartons (a total of 145 kilograms) of milk beverage product from Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, were illegally imported into Hong Kong, breaching the relevant Food Safety Order. None of the product concerned has entered the market. The CFS is following up on the case.

     A spokesman for the CFS said, "The CFS inspected a consignment of food imported from Japan and found that the above-mentioned product from Ibaraki Prefecture therein was not accompanied with a radiation certificate and exporter certificate issued by the competent authority of Japan, breaching the relevant Food Safety Order. The product concerned has been marked and sealed by the CFS, and has not entered the market. The CFS has taken a sample of the product concerned for testing of the radiation level, and no radiation has been detected.
     "According to the Order, the import of vegetables, fruits, milk, milk beverages and dried milk from four Japanese prefectures, namely Ibaraki, Tochigi, Chiba and Gunma, must be accompanied with radiation certificates and exporter certificates."

     The CFS has informed the relevant Japanese authorities of the incident, and will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action. Prosecution will be instituted against the importer concerned should there be sufficient evidence. An investigation is ongoing.
Ends/Friday, February 17, 2023
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