Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS), a unit of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has released the findings of its food safety report for December 2016 and surveillance information for 2016.
Only 13 of 9,800 food samples tested during December were found to be unsatisfactory, meaning the overall satisfactory rate for the month was 99.9 percent.
The samples comprised about 1,500 samples of vegetables and fruit and other products. The 13 unsatisfactory samples included six vegetable and fruit samples with pesticide residues exceeding the legal limits while the remaining 7 were found in other food groups.
The CFS has taken follow-up action on the unsatisfactory samples including informing the implicated vendors of the test results, instructing them to stop selling the affected food items and tracing the sources of the food items in question.