16 July 2010
Food Fair Exhibitors Must Comply with Labelling Regulations
21st Edition of HKTDC Food Expo Opens Next Month
7 July 2010 – Exhibitors taking part in the HKTDC Food Expo, 12-16 August, will need to be aware of new regulations and arrangements governing the labelling of food products, says the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the fair’s organiser.
To help in this regard, the HKTDC is publicising information about the new regulation: Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) (Amendment: Requirements for Nutrition Labelling and Nutrition Claim), which came into effect on 1 July. The HKTDC has also been communicating with the Centre for Food Safety. Exhibitor enquiries about regulations are transferred to the hotline of the Centre for Food Safety.
“The regulation that all concerned food items must comply with these rules before going to retail was enacted in 2008, so the trade should be familiar with the requirements,” said HKTDC spokesperson. “Most exhibitors joining Food Expo are local; therefore, we trust the regulation will not affect the Expo.”
Overseas exhibitors joining the Food Expo are looking to expand into the Hong Kong market or seek distributors. Most of these companies will exhibit at Trade Hall, and regulations will not apply to the free samples they offer at the venue. But overseas exhibitors planning to sell their products on 14 August, the day the Trade Hall is open to the public, are reminded to observe the nutrition labelling regulations, and to comply with procedures, or apply for exemptions, if necessary, prior to the Expo.
During the fair period, the HKTDC will closely monitor the situation and call for immediate removals of improperly labelled saleable food items. Should incidents occur despite repeated warnings, the HKTDC has the discretion to terminate exhibitors from participating in the fair. The HKTDC works closely with concerned government departments and, if necessary, will support officials enforcing food safety and hygiene regulations onsite during the fair period.
Last year, Food Expo attracted more than 600 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions, 23 per cent more than the previous year. Food Expo takes places alongside the Hong Kong International Tea Fair and the International Conference & Exhibition of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products.
For more information about the HKTDC Food Expo, please visit www.hktdc.com/ hkfoodexpo.
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
About the HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com.