Supplying food with a false trade description proves costly

A Chinese restaurant has been fined HK$5000 (US$642) at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts for supplying food with a false trade description, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

Acting on information, Hong Kong Customs did a test buy at the restaurant. The menu said that one type of its fried rice contains abalone, but an examination by the Government Laboratory confirmed that the rice did not have any abalone.

Under the TDO, any person supplying goods with a false trade description commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

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