Some prepacked fresh food sold in Hong Kong supermarkets and grocery shops are up to 19 percent underweight, Sing Tao Daily reported Friday, citing a Hong Kong Consumer Council survey.
The survey examined 61 prepacked fresh food samples in nine shops and found 80 percent of them underweight by 2 percent to 19.2 percent, contrary to their labels.
The results have been submitted to the Customs and Excise Department and the Hong Kong Center for Food Safety, the report said.
Consumer Council chief executive Gilly Wong said the findings are only the tip of the iceberg. She said shops should exercise self-discipline or risk criminal prosecution for mislabeling goods.
Customs authorities said they are pressing their investigation and will issue warnings or initiate prosecution after consultation with the Department of Justice, according to the report.
ParknShop and Wellcome responded to the findings, saying they have clear guidelines regarding prepackaged fresh food and will remind employees to strictly implement them.
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