Hong Kong – CFS urges public not to consume two kinds of ice cream from France with possible contamination with ethylene oxide

CFS urges public not to consume two kinds of ice cream from France with possible contamination with ethylene oxide

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     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (August 4) urged the public not to consume two kinds of ice cream from France, because the products may be contaminated with a pesticide, ethylene oxide, which is not authorised by the European Union (EU). The trade should stop using or selling the products concerned immediately if they possess them.



     Product details are as follows:



Product name: Häagen-Dazs Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream

Brand: Häagen-Dazs

Place of origin: France

Net volumes: (i) 9.46 litres and (ii) 100 millilitres

Best-before dates: (i) June 13, 2023, and (ii) May 20, 2023, May 21, 2023, June 8, 2023, and June 9, 2023

Importer: General Mills Hong Kong Limited



Product name: Häagen-Dazs Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

Brand: Häagen-Dazs

Place of origin: France

Net volumes: (i) 80 millilitres, (ii) 3 x 80 millilitres, (iii) 100 millilitres, (iv) 473 millilitres and (v) 9.46 litres

Best-before dates: (i) May 22, 2023, (ii) May 23, 2023, and June 21, 2023, (iii) May 17, 2023, and May 29, 2023, (iv) June 11, 2023, and (v) May 29, 2023, and May 30, 2023

Importer: General Mills Hong Kong Limited



     A spokesman for the CFS said, “The CFS received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that the above-mentioned products may be contaminated with a pesticide, ethylene oxide, which is not authorised by the EU. According to the information provided by the RASFF, the affected products have been imported into Hong Kong. Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately contacted local importers for follow-up. Preliminary investigation found that the above-mentioned importer had imported into Hong Kong the affected batches of the products concerned.”



     Since ethylene oxide is not authorised by the EU, for the sake of prudence, the above-mentioned importer has stopped selling and removed from shelves the affected batches of the products upon the CFS’s instructions and has initiated a recall. Members of the public may call the relevant importer at 2280 4996 during office hours for enquiries about the recall. 



     The spokesman urged the public not to consume the affected batches of the products if they have bought any. The trade should also stop using or selling the affected batches of the products concerned immediately if they possess them.



     The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.

Hong Kong – CFS urges public not to consume kind of imported corn chips due to possible contamination with tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine

CFS urges public not to consume kind of imported corn chips due to possible contamination with tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine

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     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (July 27) urged the public not to consume a kind of imported corn chips, due to possible contamination with tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine. The trade should stop using or selling the affected batches of the product immediately if they possess them.



     Product details are as follows:



Product name: Tortilla Chips Organic

Brand: Santa Maria

Place of origin: Germany

Net weight: 125 grams per pack

Batch no.: 31291, 31321, 31347, 32047, 32095

Expiry dates: August 18, 2022; September 17, 2022; October 13, 2022; December 16, 2022 and February 5, 2023

Importer: Pear & Carrot Limited



     A spokesman for the CFS said, “The CFS received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that the above-mentioned product is suspected to be contaminated with tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine. According to the information provided by the RASFF, the affected product has been imported into Hong Kong and the origin of the contamination may be from ingredient used during production. Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately contacted the above-mentioned local importer for follow-up. Preliminary investigation found that the above-mentioned importer had imported into Hong Kong the affected batches of the product concerned.”



     For the sake of prudence, the above-mentioned importer has stopped selling and removed from shelves the affected batches of the product upon the CFS’s instructions and has initiated a recall. Members of the public may call the relevant importer at 3616 0248 during office hours for enquiries about the recall. 



     The spokesman said that consumption of products contaminated with tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine may cause short-term adverse effects, for example, dilated pupils, change of heart rate, dryness of the mouth, and flushed skin. Tropane alkaloids atropine and scopolamine will be excreted from the body and therefore there are no long term health effects.



     The spokesman urged the public not to consume the affected batches of the product if they have bought any. The trade should also stop using or selling the affected batches of the product concerned immediately if they possess them.



     The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.

Hong Kong – Public forum on proposed guidelines for Rural Representative Election today

Public forum on proposed guidelines for Rural Representative Election today

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The following is issued on behalf of the Electoral Affairs Commission:

 

     The Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) will hold a public forum today (July 21) on the Proposed Guidelines on Election-related Activities in respect of the Rural Representative Election. Members of the public are invited to express their views.

 

     The forum will be held from 7pm to 8pm at Lung Hang Estate Community Centre, Sha Tin. Details of the forum can be found on the EAC’s website (www.eac.hk/en/rural/rr_public_forum.htm).

 

     The proposed guidelines were released on July 11 for public consultation until August 9.

 

     Written representations can be sent to the EAC’s Secretariat by post to 10/F, Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wan Chai; by fax to 2511 1682; or by email to eacenq@eac.hk before the deadline. Late submissions will not be considered.

 

     The proposed guidelines can be downloaded from the EAC’s website (www.eac.hk). They are also available at the Registration and Electoral Office and the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices.

 

     For enquiries, please call 2891 1001.

Hong Kong – CFS urges public not to consume several kinds of ice cream from France with possible presence of ethylene oxide

CFS urges public not to consume several kinds of ice cream from France with possible presence of ethylene oxide

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     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (July 10) urged the public not to consume several kinds of ice cream from France, because the products were found with a pesticide, ethylene oxide, which is not authorised by the European Union (EU). The trade should stop using or selling the products concerned immediately if they possess them.



     Product details are as follows:



Product name: Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream Pint

Brand: Häagen-Dazs

Place of origin: France

Net volume: 473 millilitres

Best-before date: From July 3, 2022 to July 17, 2023

Importer: General Mills Hong Kong Limited



Product name: Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream Mini cup

Brand: Häagen-Dazs

Place of origin: France

Net volume: 100 millilitres

Best-before date: From July 3, 2022 to July 17, 2023

Importer: General Mills Hong Kong Limited



Product name: Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream Mini cup

Brand: Häagen-Dazs

Place of origin: France

Net volume: 75 millilitres

Best-before date: From July 3, 2022 to July 17, 2023

Importer: General Mills Hong Kong Limited



Product name: Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream Bulk 

Brand: Häagen-Dazs

Place of origin: France

Net volume: 9.46 litres

Best-before date: From July 3, 2022 to July 17, 2023

Importer: General Mills Hong Kong Limited



     A spokesman for the CFS said, “The 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 pesticide, ethylene oxide, which is not authorised by the EU. According to the information provided by the RASFF, the affected products have been imported into Hong Kong. Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately contacted local importers for follow-up. Preliminary investigation found that the above-mentioned importer had imported into Hong Kong the affected batches of the products concerned.”



     Since ethylene oxide is not authorised by the EU, for the sake of prudence, the above-mentioned importer has stopped selling and removed from shelves the affected batches of the products upon the CFS’s instructions and has initiated a recall. Members of the public may call the relevant importer at 2280 4996 during office hours for enquiries about the recall. 



     The spokesman urged the public not to consume the affected batches of the products if they have bought any. The trade should also stop using or selling the affected batches of the products concerned immediately if they possess them.



     The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action. An investigation is ongoing. 

Hong Kong – CFS urges public not to consume several kinds of dessert imported from Greece with possible presence of chlorate

CFS urges public not to consume several kinds of dessert imported from Greece with possible presence of chlorate

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     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (July 8) urged the public not to consume several kinds of dessert imported from Greece, because they were found with chlorate, a pesticide. The trade should stop using or selling the products concerned immediately if they possess them.

     

     Details of the products are as follows:



Product name: Plant’d Greek Pot Oat – Plain 

Brand: Dodoni S.A.

Place of origin: Greece

Net weight: 350 grams

Sole distributor: JJ Global Sourcing Limited

Use by date: July 19, 2022



Product name: Plant’d Greek Pot Oat – Apple & Cinnamon 

Brand: Dodoni S.A.

Place of origin: Greece

Net weight: 350 grams

Sole distributor: JJ Global Sourcing Limited

Use by date: July 19, 2022



Product name: Plant’d Greek Pot Oat – Vanilla 

Brand: Dodoni S.A.

Place of origin: Greece

Net weight: 350 grams

Sole distributor: JJ Global Sourcing Limited

Use by date: July 19, 2022



     A spokesman for the CFS said, “The CFS received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that the above-mentioned products had been detected with cholorate, and are being recalled. According to the information provided by the RASFF, the above-mentioned affected batches of products have been imported into Hong Kong. Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately commenced investigation and preliminary results found that the above-mentioned distributor had distributed the affected batches of the products concerned in Hong Kong.”



     For the sake of prudence, the distributor concerned has stopped selling and removed from shelves the affected batches of the products upon the CFS’s instructions and has initiated a recall. Members of the public may call the distributor concerned at 2190 2137 during office hours for enquiries about the recall. 



     The spokesman said that long-term excessive intake of chlorate may affect the thyroid functions. He urged the public not to consume the affected batches of the products if they have bought any. The trade should also stop using or selling the affected batches of the products concerned immediately if they possess them.



     The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, continue to follow up and take appropriate action. An investigation is ongoing.