Not to consume prepackaged rice cookies from Taiwan suspected to use non-food grade nitrogen for packaging

3 March 2021
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Issue Date 3.3.2021
Source of Information

Notice issued by relevant manufacturer and from media reports

Food Product

Prepackaged rice cookies

Product Name and Description

Product names:

Levic Babies Rice Cookie (Carrot)

Levic Babies Rice Cookie (Pumpkin)

Levic Babies Rice Cookie (Spinach)

Levic Babies Rice Cookie (Banana)

Levic Babies Rice Cookie (Apple)

Levic Babies Rice Cookie (Purple Rice)

Brand: Levic

Place of origin: Taiwan

Manufacturer: Chanyue International Co., Ltd.

Sole importer: Full Asia Enterprises Limited

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has earlier noted a notice issued by the aforesaid manufacturer and from media reports that the above-mentioned products are being recalled because the products are suspected to be filled with non-food grade nitrogen in packaging.
  •  If non-food grade nitrogen is used in manufacturing or packaging of food products, adverse health effects to consumers cannot be excluded.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • Upon learning of the incident, the CFS has immediately contacted the Taiwan authority to understand the incident, and followed up with major local importers and retailers.
  • Preliminary investigation found that importer Full Asia Enterprises Limited is the sole importer of the affected products. The CFS has requested the importer and the retailers concerned to stop sale of the affected products. The importer has initiated a recall according to the CFS' instructions.
  • The CFS will alert the trade on the latest progress of the incident, and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. 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 2177 0081 during office hours.

Reprinted from HKSAR Government:
https://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/whatsnew/whatsnew_fa/2021_420.html