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Prepackaged preserved mustard greens and preserved plums samples in breach of food labelling regulation

  • 2023.10.10
Issue Date10.10.2023
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Prepackaged preserved mustard greens and preserved plums

Product Name and Description

Product name: Preserved Mustard Cabbage

Brand: (Not available in English)

Place of origin: China

Net weight: 227 grams

Best-before date: December 30, 2024


Hotline: 2668 9728


Product name: Preserved Plum King


Place of origin: China

Net weight: 30 grams

Best-before date: April 28, 2024

Sole agent: Foon Tai Trading Company Limited

Hotline: 2553 9668


Product name: Wake Up Kiss Plum (Snow Plum)

Brand: MAG MAG

Place of origin: Thailand

Net weight: 186 grams

Best-before date: May 3, 2024

Distributor: Ciao International Limited

Hotline: 2755 7777

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS collected the above-mentioned samples from an online vendor and a supermarket and a retail outlet in Sham Shui Po respectively for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test results showed that the samples contained sulphur dioxide.
  • Although the sulphur dioxide levels are below the maximum permitted level under the Preservatives in Food Regulation (Cap. 132BD), the functional class and/or the name of the additive were not declared on the food labels of the samples.
  • Sulphur dioxide is a preservative which can be used in a variety of foods including dried vegetables, dried fruits, pickled vegetables and salted fish products. Sulphur dioxide is water soluble, and most of it can be removed through washing and cooking. However, susceptible individuals who are allergic to this preservative may experience breathing difficulties, headache and nausea after consumption.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS has informed the vendors concerned of the irregularities and instructed them to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected products.
  • The distributors and sole agent concerned have initiated recalls according to the CFS's instructions.
  • The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incidents and take appropriate action. Investigations are ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the products immediately should they possess them.
Advice to Consumers
  • Do not consume the affected product.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call the respective hotlines above during office hours for enquiries about the recalls.

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