Not to consume two kinds of sesame oil from Italy with possible presence of ethylene oxide

10 December 2020
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Issue Date 10.12.2020
Source of Information

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Commission

Food Product

Sesame oil

Product Name and Description

 Product name: Organic sesame oil

 Brand: Clearspring

 Place of origin: Italy

 Net weight: 500ml per bottle

 Importer: Awesome Foods Limited

 Best-before date: October 6, 2021

 

 Product name: Organic toasted sesame oil

 Brand: Clearspring

 Place of origin: Italy

 Net weight: 500ml per bottle

 Importer: Awesome Foods Limited

 Best-before date: October 9, 2021

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that the above-mentioned products were found with a possible carcinogenic substance, ethylene oxide, and are being recalled. According to the information provided by the RASFF, the affected products have been imported into Hong Kong.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately contacted the local importer concerned for follow-up.
     
  • A preliminary investigation found that importer Awesome Foods Limited had imported some of the affected products into Hong Kong. The importer has removed them from shelves, stopped the sale of the affected products according to the CFS' instructions and has initiated a recall.
     
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, continue to follow up and take appropriate action. An investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the products concerned immediately if they possess them.
Advice to Consumers
  • Not to consume the affected products if they have bought any.
Further Information

The CFS press release

  • Enquiries about the recall can be made to the hotline at 3956 9759 during office hours.

Reposted from HKSAR Government webpage:
https://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/whatsnew/whatsnew_fa/2020_412.html