Carlsberg Brewery Hong Kong asserts quality assurance following Consumer Council report


15th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) According to a report released by Consumer Council today, Carlsberg Danish Pilsner exhibited the most substantial concentration of biogenic amines, revealing the presence of seven distinct types totalling 163.1 mg per litre. Similarly, Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale also displayed elevated levels, measuring 173.8 mg per litre. In contrast, other brands showed considerably reduced amounts of biogenic amines, with the majority ranging from 5 mg to 20 mg per litre.

In response to the report issued by the Consumer Council, Carlsberg Brewery Hong Kong Limited has swiftly affirmed its commitment to product safety and the rigorous standards it maintains in the production, storage, and transportation of its offerings. The brewery conducted an immediate review and testing of the same batch highlighted in the council’s findings, which had raised concerns over the presence of biogenic amines in its Danish Pilsner.

The internal tests conducted by Carlsberg presented markedly lower levels of biogenic amines, including agmatine, compared to those reported by the Consumer Council. For instance, Carlsberg’s results for agmatine were 8.6 mg/L, significantly lower than the 84.7 mg/L reported by the council. Similarly, disparities were noted across other amines, with Carlsberg’s figures consistently under those released by the Consumer Council:

  • Histamine: Carlsberg <0.5 mg/L, Consumer Council 1.5 mg/L
  • Phenylethylamine: Carlsberg <0.5 mg/L, Consumer Council 3.3 mg/L
  • Cadaverine: Carlsberg <0.5 mg/L, Consumer Council 6.0 mg/L
  • Spermidine: Carlsberg <0.5 mg/L, Consumer Council 7.9 mg/L
  • Tyramine: Carlsberg 1.2 mg/L, Consumer Council 12.1 mg/L
  • Putrescine: Carlsberg 4.3 mg/L, Consumer Council 47.6 mg/L

Biogenic amines, naturally occurring in various fermented foods, can fluctuate based on factors such as storage conditions and temperature variations. Despite the prevalence of these substances in many food items, neither the European Union nor the Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety has established definitive food safety standards concerning biogenic amine levels.