Netizens moved to save dozens of boxes of gummy candies abandoned in a Yuen Long dumpster because they are past their “best before” dates.
A Facebook page left a geo tag location and a notice that the candies can be taken at will, Headline Daily reports.
Photos of the sweets have been circulating on social media since Sunday.
The abandoned goods were found sitting in a dump in Tai Shu Ha Road East in Yuen Long.
The photos were posted to a Facebook page which said that “best before” dates are only for reference and that food items are still safe beyond those dates.
The dates were listed as Aug. 3, 2016 and December 2016.
The 120 cartons of Frutips gummy candies were estimated at more than HK$200,000 (US$25,790), the hk01.com reported.
Some netizens urged readers to save the candies and stop wasting food.
However, some readers said the candies might have been contaminated, having been left outside for a time.
In Hong Kong, food dates fall into two types — those with a “use by” label and those with a “best before” tag.
With the first category, commonly used on dairy products, there could be health risks if these are consumed beyond the stipulated date.
The latter means the product will be past its optimal quality after the date but does not mean it is unsafe to eat.
Hong Kong does not have a law to spare food donors from legal responsibility.
Many commercial firms are wary of the possible legal consequences of donating food and are thus reluctant to make such donations.
It was reported that all of the gummy candies were taken away by netizens in less than a day.
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