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HK to ban sale of a PH brand coconut oil: Kulang daw sa bitamina

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A brand of coconut cooking oil from the Philippines did not quite pass the stringent standards of the Hong Kong government.

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety recommended that the sale of “A CAP Organic Coconut Cooking Oil” be stopped “immediately.”

CFS said the “contents of saturated fatty acids and trans fatty acids of a bottled coconut cooking oil sample were found to be inconsistent with the declared contents on its nutrition label.”

“In addition, the format of the label on durability indication, the name of the food and the list of ingredients of the sample was not in compliance with legal requirements,” it added.

Because of this, the CFS urged local traders “to stop selling the affected product immediately.”

“The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularities and instructed it to stop sale and remove from shelves all batches of the affected product. Should there be sufficient evidence, prosecution will be instituted,” a CFS spokesperson said.

CFS said the product is distributed by “A Star Coconut Ltd” and is sold in 500-ml containers. It said the product has an expiry date of April 10, 2019.

A CFS spokesperson said they collected the sample of the product from a retailer in Wan Chai district, after receiving a complaint.

“The test result showed that there were discrepancies between the actual content of saturated fatty acids (73.3 grams per 100g) and the declared content (0g per 100g), as well as the actual content of trans fatty acids (0.76g per 100g) and the declared content (0g per 100g) on its nutrition label,” the spokesperson said.

CFS indicated the violator may face up to $50,000 fine and six months’ imprisonment upon conviction.