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No. Q-008 -- Food-related Government Regulations

Q : Is there any food-related regulations ? 
A :

The basic law for food-related matters in Hong Kong is laid down in Part V (Food
and Drugs) of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap. 132). The
main provisions cover general protection for food purchasers, offences in
connection with sale of unfit food and adulterated food, composition and labelling
of food, food hygiene, seizure and destruction of unfit food. Control in specific
areas are provided in subsidiary legislation under the Ordinance as shown below :

(1) Abattoirs Regulation
(2) Colouring Matter in Food Regulations
(3) Dried Milk Regulations
(4) Food Adulteration (Artificial Sweeteners) Regulations
(5) Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations
(6) Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) Regulations
(7) Food Business Regulation
(8) Frozen Confections Regulation
(9) Harmful Substances in Food Regulations
(10) Imported Game, Meat and Poultry Regulations
(11) Milk Regulation
(12) Mineral Oil in Food Regulations
(13) Preservatives in Food Regulations
(14) Slaughterhouses Regulation
(15) Smokeless Tobacco Products (Prohibition) Regulations

For more details, please visit www.justice.gov.hk/Home.htm for details of the food
law in Chapter 132.

For limits of bacteria on food, visit www.info.gov.hk/fehd/safefood/control-ready-

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