CFS bans DailyDutch chocolate milk

To safeguard public food safety, a chocolate milk beverage from The Netherlands has been banned in Hong Kong.    
This follows the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department finding that the colony count of the DailyDutch UHT chocolate milk beverage, made in the Netherlands, exceeded the legal limit.
With immediate effect, the CFS has prohibited the product from being imported into Hong Kong, and it must also not be sold. The one-litre packs have a use-by date of August 4, 2016.
A spokesman for the CFS says samples of the beverage were taken at import level for routine testing, the results of one pack exceeding the legal limit under the Milk Regulation. “This indicates unsatisfactory hygienic conditions, but does not mean it would lead to food poisoning.”
Information provided to the CFS by the importer, PrizeMart, indicates that all affected products are being kept at its warehouse and have not entered the market. PrizeMart has four stores in Hong Kong featuring imported products.
Meanwhile, as the same consignment contained two other DailyDutch milk products, for the sake of prudence the CFS has collected samples of these for testing. The importer has voluntarily held these all these products pending the test results.
Authorities in The Netherlands will be informed of the import ban and asked to investigate, and the CFS will follow up and take appropriate action.
In another case, the CFS has also banned the importing and selling within Hong Kong of raw oysters harvested in Catch Area 50-04 of France. This follows a food-poisoning case in which one of the affected restaurant diners tested positive for norovirus.
CFS investigators have followed up with the restaurant, in Quarry Bay, and its food supplier. No remaining stock of the affected batch was found.

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