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Seven samples of potato chips and shrimp crackers inconsistent with declared nutrition labels, says CFS

Seven samples of potato chips and shrimp crackers inconsistent with declared nutrition labels, says CFS

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced Tuesday that they discovered seven of the 40 tested samples of potato chips and prawn crackers didn't comply with their declared nutrition labels.
A spokesperson for the CFS said the samples were collected from different retail outlets to check if the energy content and specified nutrient content like total fat, sugars, sodium, carbohydrates, and more were consistent with the declared labels.

They discovered seven samples had sugars, sodium, saturated fatty acids, total fat, or carbohydrate content inconsistent with the declared values on the nutrition labels, while the remaining 33 samples passed the test.

The CFS announced the irregularities earlier, and the vendors concerned have also stopped selling the relevant batches of the affected products and will be prosecuted pending sufficient evidence.

The spokesperson reminded the food industry to comply with the law and urged the public to pay attention to the information on nutrition labels when buying food to achieve a balanced diet and stay healthy.

They further added that nutrition labeling could help consumers make informed food choices, encouraging manufacturers to use sound nutrition principles and regulate misleading labels and claims. Any false declaration is liable to a maximum fine of $HK50,000 and six months imprisonment upon conviction.
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