Hong Kong to Amend List of Harmful Substances for Infant Formula and Baby Food

Recently Hong Kong issued the “Harmful Substances in Food Amendment Regulation, 2021” which impacts infant formula and baby food among other categories. Among other things, the regulation sets maximum levels for three existing and five new harmful substances in food. The maximum levels for existing substances are aimed at controlling mycotoxins. Partially hydrogenated oil is now listed as a prohibited substance in food, and any prepackaged food inventory containing partially hydrogenated oils must indicate their presence in the ingredient list. The prohibition on partially hydrogenated oils was created with a view to meeting the World Health Organization’s goal of eliminating industrially-produced trans fatty acids from the global food supply by 2023.

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Posted on 27 July 2021