FEHD cracks down on sale of frozen meat disguised as fresh at Sha Tin fresh provision shop

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12th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) has intensified its efforts in combating the deceptive sale of chilled or frozen meat as fresh meat. Today, the department conducted a raid on a licensed fresh provision shop (FPS) located in Sha Tin District, suspected of engaging in this illegal practice.

FEHD officers swiftly took action, targeting the FPS at Wo Che Market in Sha Tin. During the operation, approximately 227 kilograms of suspected frozen beef were seized and promptly destroyed. Samples were collected for further analysis to detect the presence of preservatives. If sufficient evidence is found, prosecutions will be initiated. The licensee of the FPS is believed to have violated the licensing conditions pertaining to the display and sale of frozen meat as fresh, leading to the FEHD’s decision to cancel the shop’s license.

In addition to the charges related to the sale of adulterated meat, the FEHD has also initiated prosecution against the shop operator for unsanitary premises. The operator was verbally warned for non-compliance with relevant licensing conditions, specifically for failing to provide delivery notes for inspection.

Highlighting the severity of the issue, an FEHD spokesman stated, “The sale of chilled or frozen meat disguised as fresh meat not only violates licensing conditions but also poses serious food safety concerns. Moreover, it creates an unfair business environment for other shops that adhere to the regulations.”

The spokesman further emphasized that selling chilled or frozen meat without proper authorization is a punishable offence, carrying a maximum fine of $50,000 and a potential six-month imprisonment upon conviction. The FEHD remains committed to conducting regular inspections at licensed FPSs and market meat stalls, responding proactively to complaints, and swiftly investigating any irregularities. Enforcement actions, including prosecutions, will be taken against any violations of licensing conditions or tenancy agreements. Violators may face license cancellation for FPSs or termination of tenancies for market meat stalls found in breach.