Safety of Lee Kum Kee Products Confirmed by External Bodies

Hong Kong Government Says LKK Products are Safe; UK's FSA Issues Correction

That 'None of the Products Sampled Posed Any Safety Concern'

Jun 22, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lee Kum Kee

    HONG KONG, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- 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:
     Henry Chua                     Tel:  (+852) 3141 8082
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     Meily Mei Fung Cheung          Tel:  (+852) 2660 3600
     Public Relations & Admin. Manager
     Lee Kum Kee
     Hong Kong                      email:
     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

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