21st September 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) under the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has revealed the findings of the second phase of its seasonal food surveillance project focused on mooncakes. A total of 151 samples were tested, and all results were deemed satisfactory.
According to a spokesperson from the CFS, the initial test results for mooncakes were released in mid-September. The second phase of surveillance involved collecting samples of various mooncake types, including traditional, snowy, and ice-cream mooncakes, from different retailers (including online platforms) and food factories. These samples underwent chemical and microbiological tests, as well as nutrition content analysis.
The chemical tests examined preservatives, antioxidants, and mineral oil, while the microbiological tests targeted potential pathogens and hygiene indicators. The nutrition content analysis assessed parameters such as energy, protein, total fat, saturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids, carbohydrates, sodium, and sugars to ensure compliance with food labelling requirements.
The spokesperson urged the public to maintain a balanced diet and avoid excessive consumption of mooncakes, as they tend to be high in sugar and fat. Some mooncake varieties also contain elevated levels of salt. Overindulging in fatty foods may lead to weight gain and obesity, while excessive sugar intake is associated with body weight and dental issues. Moreover, consuming excessive sodium increases the risk of developing hypertension, stroke, and coronary heart disease.
To make healthier choices, the spokesperson advised individuals to refer to the nutrition labels on mooncake packaging, paying attention to sugar, salt, and fat contents. Mooncakes with high levels of fat or sugar (more than 20 grams of total fat or 15 grams of sugar per 100 grams of food) should be avoided. For those aiming to reduce salt intake, selecting low-sodium mooncakes (with no more than 120 milligrams of sodium per 100 grams of food) is recommended.
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, the spokesperson emphasized the importance of considering one’s health conditions and consuming mooncakes in moderation. Sharing mooncakes with family and friends not only enhances the festive spirit but also allows for sampling various flavors while avoiding excessive intake.
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