Centre for Food Safety urges public to avoid imported pork jerky product due to possible sudan dye contamination

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27th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department in Hong Kong has issued a warning to the public regarding a particular imported prepackaged pork jerky product. The product has been found to potentially contain sudan dyes, a type of colouring matter that is not permitted in food. The CFS is currently investigating the matter and taking necessary actions.

The details of the affected product are as follows:

  • Product name: SPICY PORK JERKY SLICED
  • Brand: Unavailable in English
  • Place of origin: Taiwan
  • Net weight: 150 grams
  • Best-before date: 10th August, 2024 – 6th February, 2025
  • Importer and Agent: SANWORLD (H.K.) DEVELOPMENT LIMITED

The CFS became aware of the issue through its Food Incident Surveillance System, which received a notification from the Taiwan authorities regarding the potential use of an ingredient containing sudan dyes in the mentioned product. As soon as the CFS was informed, they promptly contacted the retailer involved for further investigation. It was discovered that the affected batch of the product had been sold by the vendor in question.

To err on the side of caution, the vendor has suspended sales of the affected product and removed it from store shelves. They have also initiated a recall process following the instructions provided by the CFS. For any inquiries related to the recall, members of the public can contact the vendor’s hotline at 2323 3028 during office hours.

Sudan dyes are synthetic chemical dyes primarily used in industrial applications. According to the Colouring Matter in Food Regulations (Cap. 132H), the use of sudan dyes in food is strictly prohibited. Violation of the regulations can result in a maximum penalty of a fine of HKD 50,000 and imprisonment for up to six months upon conviction.