Date
21 August 2017
A sample of a lychee coconut-flavored ice-cream mooncake was found to contain coliform bacteria exceeding the legal limit, according to the Centre for Food Safety. Photo: HKEJ/Facebook/XFC Gelato
A sample of a lychee coconut-flavored ice-cream mooncake was found to contain coliform bacteria exceeding the legal limit, according to the Centre for Food Safety. Photo: HKEJ/Facebook/XFC Gelato

Mooncake sample yields coliform bacteria exceeding legal limit

A sample of ice-cream mooncake made at a Chai Wan frozen confection plant was found to contain coliform bacteria in excess of the legal limit, according to the Centre for Food Safety (CFS).

The CFS had collected the sample of a lychee coconut-flavored ice cream mooncake for testing under its routine food surveillance program, and test results showed that it contained 130 units of coliform bacteria per gram, higher than the legal limit, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

A source said the frozen confection plant is on the second floor of the Kam Man Fung Factory Building, 6 Hong Man Street, Chai Wan, which is the location of a shop called XTC Gelato.

The shop was founded in 2001 “on the simple principle of making all natural, artisan gelato using only the freshest ingredients”, according to its website.

The CFS said the product concerned has not gone to the market yet, according to its preliminary investigation and information provided by the manufacturer.

Following the test results, the CFS immediately inspected the production plant and offered its staff health education on food safety and hygiene.

The plant also underwent thorough cleaning and disinfection.

Under the Frozen Confections Regulation (Cap 132AC), each gram of frozen confection for sale should not contain more than 100 units of coliform bacteria. The maximum penalty for offenders is a fine of HK$10,000 and three months’ imprisonment upon conviction.

The CFS said the fact that the coliform bacteria exceeded the legal limit indicated that the hygienic conditions at the factory were unsatisfactory.

However, this does not necessarily mean consumption of the ice-cream mooncake would result in food poisoning, the CFS said.

“The CFS will continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health,” it added.

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