Tinned infant formula sample not in compliance with nutrition label rules

29 August 2017
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The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (August 29) announced that the manganese and iodine contents of a tinned infant formula sample were found to be inconsistent with the declared values on its nutrition label. The CFS has urged the trade to stop selling the affected batch of the product immediately.
      
Product details are as follows:
      
Product name: Premibio Premilait (Organic Cow Milk Formula for newborn up to 6 months)
Place of origin: France
Distributor: Apis Cerana Ltd
Net weight: 900 grams per tin
Best-before date: February 1, 2020
      
"The CFS has previously announced that the manganese and iodine contents of two tinned infant formula samples taken from a supermarket in Causeway Bay were found to be inconsistent with the declared values on their nutrition labels. In its follow-up investigation, the CFS detected a similar irregularity in another sample of the same kind but of a different batch collected from the same supermarket. The test result showed that there were discrepancies between the actual manganese content (22µg per 100g) and the declared content (40µg per 100g), as well as the actual iodine content (68µg per 100g) and the declared content (130µg per 100g) on its nutrition label," a CFS spokesman said.
      
"The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularities and the vendor concerned has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected batch of the product according to the instructions of the CFS. Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence. The CFS is also tracing the distribution of the affected product," he added.
      
According to Section 61 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132), if any person falsely describes a food or misleads as to the nature, substance or quality of the food on a label of the food sold by him, he 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.   

Reprinted from HKSAR Government:

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201708/29/P2017082900853.htm