Hong Kong: Undeclared Ingredients in Coconut Milk

Posted By: Selerant RSA


The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong issued a warning on October 16, 2015 concerning a batch of Koh Coconut milk because of undeclared cow's milk protein. All traders have been requested to stop the distribution of the affected product.

According to the Hong Kong Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) Regulations (Cap. 132W), all ingredients should be declared in the ingredient list on product’s label.

A CFS spokesman said: “people who are allergic to milk may have immunologic response (…) upon consumption of food containing this allergen. In severe cases, anaphylactic shock may even develop. As for other members of the public, generally speaking, they would not be subject to such reactions when the food in question is consumed”.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for undeclared ingredients is a fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment.

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