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The CFS publishes the Report on food safety and surveillance in 2023

Hong Kong

Feb 06, 2024

On February 6, the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department released the findings of its food safety report for December 2023. About 65 000 samples were tested by the CFS in 2023, with an overall satisfactory rate of 99.8%. 

The microbiological tests covered pathogens and hygiene indicators, the chemical tests included testing for pesticides, preservatives, metallic contaminants, colouring matters, veterinary drug residues and others; and the radiation level tests included testing for radioactive caesium and iodine in samples collected from imported food from different regions.

In planning the food surveillance programme, the CFS will take into consideration a number of factors such as the food consumption level and the risk of the food concerned. In addition, the CFS will adjust its food surveillance programme and strengthen relevant testing with regard to local and overseas food incidents as well as past surveillance data, in particular breaches of regulatory requirements that occurred more frequently, so as to safeguard food safety in Hong Kong. Moreover, following the discharge of nuclear-contaminated water at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station, the CFS will continue enhancing the testing on imported Japanese food, and refer to the risk assessment results to adjust relevant surveillance work in a timely manner. 

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