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The basic food law in Hong Kong is laid down in Part V (Food and Drugs) of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance, Chapter 132, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) . The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (Opens a new window) is responsible for implementing territory-wide policies of food safety control and enforcing the food legislation.

To ensure hygienic standards of food, importers are encouraged to obtain health certificates issued by health authorities of countries of origin to accompany their imports certifying that the food products concerned are fit for human consumption. In addition, there are specific legal requirements or administrative arrangements for the import of the following food items: