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Heavy Metal Testing
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Food Testing Services

Heavy Metals Testing in Food

Heavy metals present widely in the environment from natural sources and human activities. These metals are dangerous to our health as they tend to accumulate in our food chain. Human, as a top consumer of the food chain, is subject to high risk of heavy metal poisoning.

In Hong Kong, there are Food Adulteration (Metallic Contamination) Regulations to safeguard the public from heavy metals poisoning. Below is a summary of the regulations.

First Schedule: Maximum permitted concentration of certain metals naturally present in specified foods applicable as food safety guidelines in Hong Kong:

Metal Description of food Maximum permitted concentration in ppm*
Arsenic

(As2O3)

Solids being fish and fish products 6
Solids being shellfish and shellfish products 10

* parts per million (mg/kg)

Second Schedule: Maximum permitted concentration of certain metals present in specified foods applicable as food safety guidelines in Hong Kong:

Metal Description of food Maximum permitted concentration in ppm*
Antimony

(Sb)

Cereals and vegetables 1
Fish, crab-meat, oysters, prawns and shrimps 1
Meat of animal and poultry 1
Arsenic

(As2O3)

Solids other than- (i) fish and fish products; and (ii) shellfish and shellfish products 1.4
All food in liquid form 0.14
Cadmium

(Cd)

Cereals and vegetables 0.1
Fish, crab-meat, oysters, prawns and shrimps 2
Meat of animal and poultry 0.2
Chromium

(Cr)

Cereals and vegetables 1
Fish, crab-meat, oysters, prawns and shrimps 1
Meat of animal and poultry 1
Lead

(Pb)

All food in solid form

All food in liquid form

6

1

Mercury

(Hg)

All food in solid form

All food in liquid form

0.5

0.5

Tin

(Sn)

All food in solid form

All food in liquid form

230

230

* parts per million (mg/kg)

Enviro Labs Ltd. (ELL) already gets HOKLAS accreditation for testing the above heavy metals in general foodstuff. To ensure your food is free from toxic heavy metals, check your food products now by calling us at 2676 2983 or e-mail info@envirolabs.com.hk.