HONG KONG: Safety of Lee Kum Kee Products confirmed by external bodies

By Press Release | 25 June 2001

In a statement issued to the industry following its initial announcement on the results of testing of China sauces, the Food Standards Agency of the UK has indicated that "None of the products sampled from major retail chains posed any safety concern." This was issued within 24 hours of their initial report.

In addition, the Hong Kong Government's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has indicated that their study was also conducted, and all Lee Kum Kee products in Hong Kong comply with established food standards.

"This is a clear vindication of all Lee Kum Kee products, and confirms what we have been saying: that Lee Kum Kee has taken the initiative to put in place a number of procedures to meet or exceed compliance for all of our products, and that we have been successful in our efforts to protect consumer safety," Mr. Eddy Lee, chairman, Lee Kum Kee, stated publicly today in a media briefing with major Hong Kong and regional journalists.

The FSA's deputy chairperson, Suzi Leather, issued an update on Thursday, June 21, following the release of the agency's study the day before. In the statement, the FSA stressed that there is no reason to avoid Chinese food. The statement also indicated that none of the products sampled from any major retail chains in the UK posed any safety concern. Lee Kum Kee products are sold through a majority of these retail chains, and therefore are safe.

In a statement issued by Lee Kum Kee on June 19, the company stated that the FSA samples did not reflect the true situation of its products in the marketplace, nor did the study recognize the accomplishments of Lee Kum Kee as a responsible global food manufacturer.

"I can assure our loyal consumers that products meet or exceed the regulatory standards in the markets in which they are sold. In fact, we have also invested in our own advanced testing for these substances from raw materials through to our finished products under formal recognition by the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme, and our findings confirm the effectiveness of our measures."

Established in 1888, Lee Kum Kee has evolved over decades of hard work, perseverance and above all, dedication to excellence in product quality and service, into a world-renowned international corporation. Today, the company's distribution network spans over 80 countries in five continents. Lee Kum Kee's products are found not only in kitchens and store shelves in Hong Kong, but also in many other countries and cities in all corners of the world. It is the company's vision to see that products reach every family around the world, building a culinary cultural bridge between East and West.

Distributed on behalf of Lee Kum Kee by Ketchum Newscan. For further information, please contact:

    David Clarke                   Tel:  (+852) 2566 1311
    Ketchum Newscan Hong Kong      email:  david.clarke@knprhk.com

    Henry Chua                     Tel:  (+852) 3141 8082
    Ketchum Newscan Hong Kong      email:  henry.chua@knprhk.com

    Or

    Meily Mei Fung Cheung          Tel:  (+852) 2660 3600
    Public Relations & Admin. Manager
    Lee Kum Kee
    Hong Kong                      email:  cm@LKK.com


    Customer Enquiry Hotline (during office hours): (+852) 2660-0393

    Lee Kum Kee (International) Limited
    2-4 Dai Fat Street, Tai Po Industrial Estate, Tai Po, Hong Kong
    Tel. +852 2660 3600   Fax. +852 2665 8005
    http://www.LKK.com

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