Fans of Chef Nic’s cookies will have a harder time finding the treats in stores this week.
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has pulled the cookies from shelves after a random check at a store in Central showed that they contain almost six times as much sugar as labeled.
The food label stated that the cookies contained 3 grams of sugar per 100 grams. They were found to contain 17.6 grams of sugar per 100 grams of cookies, according to a CFS release.
For comparison, that’s sweeter than some sodas.
The CFS said that it is urging stores to stop selling the cookies until further tests show whether other batches were affected. It also said that it could pursue prosecution if it finds sufficient evidence that someone falsely described a food or misled consumers on food labels.
Singer, actor and celebrity chef Nicholas Tse Ting-fung started selling his line of cookies, which come in at least eight flavors, in 2015. Maybe you recognize him from that time he dramatically squeezed chocolate sauce all over the place, and became an instant meme.
Chef Nic’s Cookies said in a statement, obtained by the Standard, that the cookies are still safe to eat.
“Our company must emphasize that it is a random check by the Centre for Food Safety. There is no problem in food safety.”