The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) carried out a surprise operation on four fresh provision shops suspected of selling chilled meat as fresh meat on Ho Pui Street, Chuan Lung Street and San Tsuen Street in Tsuen Wan on December 31.
During the operation, FEHD officers seized about 90 kilograms of chilled pork in one of the fresh provision shops and immediately sealed them for further investigation. The investigation into the suspected violation of the Food Business Regulation by the licensee of the shop is still ongoing. If there is sufficient evidence, the Department will initiate a prosecution. In addition, FEHD staff issued verbal warnings to three fresh provision shops for violating relevant licensing conditions and initiated prosecution procedures against a shop operator who did not have a valid fresh provision shop license.
A spokesperson for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said:“Anyone who sells chilled meat without approval is illegal. Once convicted, the maximum penalty is a fine of 50,000 yuan and six months’ imprisonment. The department will continue to monitor the retail sales closely. We will take strict enforcement actions to protect food safety and public health. In addition, selling chilled meat as fresh meat violates the licensing requirements. If there is sufficient evidence, the Department will consider canceling the relevant fresh provision shop license.”