Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department Center for Food Safety (Centre) announced last month’s food safety report on December 31, 2020. The results showed that there were approximately 19,300 food samples tested Except for the seven samples announced earlier, all other samples passed the test, and the overall pass rate was 99.9%.
A spokesperson for the center said that the center conducts microbiological testing on about 3,100 food samples, about 6,000 samples for chemical testing, and the remaining about 10,200 samples (including food samples imported from Japan). About 10,000 samples) for radiation level testing.
Microbiological testing includes pathogens and health indicators, while chemical testing includes pesticides, preservatives, metal impurities, coloring materials and veterinary drug residues.
The test samples include about 3,700 samples of vegetables, fruits and their products; about 1,000 samples of cereals and cereal products; about 1,300 samples of meat, poultry and their products; about 3,100 Samples of milk, milk products and frozen desserts; about 2,100 samples of aquatic products and their products; and about 8,100 samples of other types of food (including beverages, baked goods and snacks, etc.).
The seven unqualified samples were two fruit samples with excessive pesticide residues; one sample of chicken feet containing Salmonella; one sample of soy milk containing excessive Bacillus cereus; one sample of chocolate gummy frosting with excessive preservative content A sample; a sample of caramel syrup containing no preservatives; and a sample of a prepackaged milk product with a non-compliant milk fat content.
The center has followed up the unqualified samples, including notifying the involved merchants about the test results, instructing the merchants to stop selling the problematic food, and tracing the source of the problematic food.
The spokesperson reminded the industry to ensure that the food it provides is suitable for human consumption and meets legal requirements. Consumers should patronize reliable stores and maintain a balanced diet to reduce risks.