Since mid-September 2008, the CFS has taken from the local market samples of infant formula and other milk-made products, such as fresh milk, ice-cream, ice-cream bars, yogurt, baby food, nutrition supplements for hospital use, instant drink mixes, biscuits, cakes, bread, chocolate and candies etc. for tests. The CFS has, on the recommendation of the Expert Group on Melamine Incident, expanded the food sampling plan to include food raw materials (e.g. eggs), meat and vegetables in the second phase of testing. Upon the conclusion of the second phase of testing on 16 November 2008 , the CFS has entered into the third phase since 17 November 2008 , in which samples of food types found unsatisfactory in the previous two phases have been retaken for testing. As at 23 December 2008 , a total of 40 samples of 18 brands of food products were found to contain unsatisfactory amount of melamine ranging from 1.4ppm to 68ppm.
The sample results are available in the web site of CFS, www.cfs.gov.hk. The highest level of melamine was detected in one biscuit sample. All the affected products have been off shelves and withdrawn from the market. CFS will continue to monitor the situation closely.