Hong Kong – SWD urges public to be alert to fraudulent calls and SMS messages

SWD urges public to be alert to fraudulent calls and SMS messages

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     The Social Welfare Department (SWD) today (September 20) alerted members of the public to fraudulent calls and SMS messages purportedly made or issued by the department.



     The SWD has recently received enquiries from members of the public on voice calls in pre-recorded format claimed to be made by the SWD about an important notice on subsidy application documents.



     In addition, some members of the public had earlier informed the department that they had received SMS messages purportedly issued by the department about the collection of an anti-epidemic subsidy. The SMS messages provide weblinks directed to a fake SWD website which attempts to obtain public’s personal information.



     The SWD clarified that it had neither made the voice calls nor issued the SMS messages in question. The cases have been referred to the Hong Kong Police Force for investigation. When receiving unidentified voice calls and messages, members of the public should stay alert. They should also refrain from disclosing any personal information and visiting any suspicious websites. Elderly people in the family should be reminded to stay alert against deception.



     Anyone who has provided his or her personal information during unidentified voice calls or to any suspicious websites should contact the Police. For enquiries, please call the SWD’s hotline at 2343 2255.

Hong Kong – CFS urges public not to consume kind of goat cheese imported from France suspected to be contaminated with metallic foreign bodies

CFS urges public not to consume kind of goat cheese imported from France suspected to be contaminated with metallic foreign bodies

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     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (September 17) urged the public not to consume a kind of goat cheese imported from France because the product might have been contaminated with metallic foreign bodies. The trade should also stop using or selling the affected batches of the product immediately if they possess them.



     Product details are as follows:



Product name: CASINO STE MAURE GOAT LOG 200G

Brand: CASINO

Place of origin: France

Net weight: 200 grams

Use by date: Any date between September 25, 2022 to October 10, 2022

Importer: PNS FRESH INTERNATIONAL

Distributor: PARKnSHOP (HK) Limited



     A spokesman for the CFS said, “The CFS received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Commission that the above-mentioned batches of product might have been contaminated with metallic foreign bodies. Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately contacted local importer for follow-up. A preliminary investigation found that the above-mentioned importer had imported into Hong Kong the affected batches of the product concerned.”



     The importer/distributor concerned has stopped sales, removed from shelves the affected product and has initiated a recall according to the CFS’s instructions. Members of the public may call the hotline of the importer/distributor at 2690 0948 during office hours for enquiries.



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



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

PM urges people to take part in quiz based on 28th August 2022 ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on NaMo App


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has urged people to take part in quiz based on 28th August 2022 ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on NaMo App. Quiz will only be active until Wednesday 31st August 2022 .




The Prime Minister tweeted;


“Have you taken part in the #MannKiBaat quiz based on today’s episode?”



Have you taken part in the #MannKiBaat quiz based on today’s episode? pic.twitter.com/vkJ3Emgk2t

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 28, 2022

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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.