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Manager of unlicensed guesthouse fined

     A woman was fined $6,000 at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts today (June 2) for contravening the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in August last year, officers of the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA), the Home Affairs Department, inspected a suspected unlicensed guesthouse on Wing On Street in Peng Chau. During the inspection, the OLA officers posed as lodgers and successfully rented a room in the guesthouse on a daily basis.

     According to the OLA’s records, the guesthouse did not possess a licence under the Ordinance on the day of inspection. The woman responsible for managing the premises was charged with contravening section 5(1) of the Ordinance.

     A department spokesman stressed that operating or managing an unlicensed guesthouse is a criminal offence and can lead to a criminal record. Upon conviction, the offender is liable to a maximum fine of $200,000 and two years’ imprisonment.

     The spokesman appealed to anyone with information about suspected unlicensed guesthouses to report it to the OLA through the hotline (Tel: 2881 7498), by email (hadlaenq@had.gov.hk), by fax (2504 5805) using the report form downloaded from the OLA website (www.hadla.gov.hk), or through the mobile application “Hong Kong Licensed Hotels and Guesthouses”. read more

Manager and operator fined for illegal club operation

     Two men were each fined $4,300 at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts today (June 2) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in October last year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted an inspection at a club on Elgin Street in Central, which had been operating with a certificate of compliance (CoC).

     During the investigation, the OLA officers posed as customers and patronised the club for food and drinks without being asked to show their membership status or being invited to join the club as members. Also, the club’s staff failed to show the registered drawing upon the OLA officers’ request. Conditions 10 and 12 of the CoC were breached.

     The two men, being the manager of the club and the CoC holder of the club, were charged with contravening section 21(1) (a) and section 21(2) of the Ordinance respectively.

     A spokesman for the department reminded all CoC holders to comply with the conditions as stipulated therein. Enforcement actions will continue to be taken against illegal club operations. read more

CFS urges public not to consume a kind of bottled fruit juice drink contaminated with patulin

     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (June 2) announced that a sample of a bottled fruit juice drink imported from Australia was found to be contaminated with a mycotoxin, patulin, at a level exceeding the action level adopted by the CFS. A follow-up is in progress. 
      “Subsequent to announcing earlier that a sample of a bottled apple juice drink was found to be contaminated with patulin, the CFS detected patulin at a level of 120 parts per billion (ppb) in another sample of a different kind of bottled fruit juice drink of the same brand taken from the market during follow-up investigations. The test result exceeded the action level of 50 ppb adopted by the CFS which is the same as the standard of the Codex Alimentarius Commission on patulin in apple juice,” a CFS spokesman said.
       Product details are as follows:
Product name: Cold Pressed Apple & Raspberry
Brand: Presha Fruit
Country of origin: Australia
Importer/Distributor: PARKnSHOP (HK) Limited
Volume: 350ml per bottle
Best-before date: September 17, 2020
        The CFS has informed the importer/distributor concerned of the irregularity. The importer/distributor has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected batch of the product, and initiated a recall according to the CFS’ instructions. Members of the public may call the importer’s hotline at 2606 8658 during office hours for enquiries about the recall. Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence.
        “Patulin mostly occurs in rotten apple and its products. Animal studies have shown that ingesting high doses of patulin can induce liver, spleen and kidney damage, as well as toxicity to the immune system. For humans, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances and vomiting have been reported,” the spokesman said.
        According to Section 54 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap 132), all food for sale in Hong Kong, locally produced or imported, should be fit for human consumption. An offender is subject to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months upon conviction.
       The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health. An investigation is ongoing. read more

Hong Kong Customs uncovers suspected illicit cigarette storage point (with photo)

     â€‹Hong Kong Customs yesterday (June 1) uncovered an illicit cigarette storage point in Tung Chung and seized about 2 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $5.4 million and a duty potential of about $3.8 million.

     Customs officers yesterday mounted an anti-illicit cigarette operation in Shek Lau Po, Tung Chung, and discovered the batch of suspected illicit cigarettes concealed inside two abandoned 20-foot containers in a remote area. A 43-year-old man who claimed to be unemployed was arrested.

     An investigation is ongoing.

     Under the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance, anyone involved in dealing with, possession of, selling or buying illicit cigarettes commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $1 million and imprisonment for two years.

     Members of the public may report any suspected illicit cigarette activities to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

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