Hong Kong Introduces New Labeling Requirements for Follow-up Formula and Packaged Food for Infants and Young Children

Hong Kong has amended its food and drugs (composition and labeling) regulations (the Regulations) to introduce mandatory requirements for nutrition labeling of infant formula, follow-up formula and packaged food for infants and young children. These new labeling requirements, which seek to promote children’s health, help consumers make better-informed food choices and encourage manufacturers to offer more nutritious products, came into effect on June 13.

The penalties for failure to comply with Regulation 4C (as set forth in Regulation 5) are steep. In particular, anyone who fails to comply with the new regulations is subject to a fine of up to HK$50,000 and six months’ imprisonment.

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