Lantau ice-cream outlet fails hygiene test for the second time

Da Dolce Gelato Italiano outlet on Lantau Island (Ngong Ping Themed Village) is in the spotlight after the HK Centre for Food Safety (CFS) detected excessive coliform organisms in a sample of locally made pre-packaged sorbet.

CFS took a sample of a mango-flavoured sorbet and discovered that it contained a coliform count of 240 per gram, while the safe and legal limit is 100.

"The unsatisfactory sample collected from the factory of the manufacturer contained a coliform count of 240 per gram, exceeding the legal limit. The CFS has informed the manufacturer concerned of the irregularity and instructed it to suspend production of the sorbet concerned, carry out thorough cleaning and disinfection, and review and improve its manufacturing process. Prosecution will also be considered," a CFS spokesman said.

Most coliform bacteria do not cause disease. However, some rare strains of E. coli, particularly the strain 0157:H7, can cause serious illness. Cases of E. coli 0157:H7 caused by contaminated drinking water supplies are rare.

Da Dolce Gelato italiano have two more branches: Tseung Kwan O and Kowloon Bay

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