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Food Importer / Food Distributor Registration License

Food Importer / Food Distributor Registration License
  1. Any person, body corporate or partnership imports and/or distributes food should register with the Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene (the Director) of their business in accordance with the Food Safety Ordinance, except those exempted under the Ordinance.
  2. Business engaging in retail business as its principal business is not required to register with the Director as a food distributor.
  3. Registration will be effective upon payment of registration fee specified in Schedule 3 to the Food Safety Ordinance.
  4. Upon approval of the application, information related to the name of business, registered office/business address and telephone no. as provided by the applicant, and the registration no. and any other information the Director considers appropriate for the implementation of the Food Safety Ordinance will be published in a register being maintained by the Director for the purpose of the Ordinance, for information of the public.

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Class Food Classification Food Examples
1-Cereal and grain products (other than bakery products and snack food) Cereals、 rice、 wheat Barley、 Buckwheat、 Oats、 Sorghum、 Tapioca、 Pearl barley、 White rice、 Brown rice、 Glutinous rice、 Wheat、 Wheat germ
1-Cereal and grain products (other than bakery products and snack food) Pasta、 noodles Lai fan、 Yau mian (noodles)、 Ramen、 Dim sum/Dumpling wrapping、 Fish noodles、 E-fu noodles、 Egg noodles、 Instant Ho Fan (flat noodles)、 Instant noodles、 Rice vermicelli、 Shanghai noodles、 Shrimp noodles、 Silver pin noodle、 Soba (Japanese noodles)、 Spaghetti、 Spinach pasta、 Sichuan noodles、 Macaroni、 Shanghai new year pudding、 Udon、 Vietnamese rice noodles
1-Cereal and grain products (other than bakery products and snack food) Flour、 starch、 substitute flour Barley flour、 Corn flour、 Rye flour、 Glutinous rice flour、 Self-raising flour、 Cake mix、 Rice flour、 Flour dough、 Cassava flour、 Cornstarch、 Wheat starch、 Water chestnut powder
1-Cereal and grain products (other than bakery products and snack food) Breakfast cereal and other cereal products Cereal bar、 Corn flakes、 Breakfast cereals (ready to eat)、 Muesli、 Oatmeal、 Wheat bran breakfast cereals、 Vegetarian food (wheat gluten)、 Wheat gluten、 Granola bar、 Pretzels、 Tortilla chips、 Puffy rice
2-Fruit and vegetables (other than snack food、 juices and Chinese herbs) Fruit Apple、 Loquat、 Pear、 Apricot、 Cherry、 Nectarine、 Peach、 Plum、 Grapefruit、 Lemon、 Lime、 Orange、 Pummelo、 Blackberry、 Cranberry、 Grape、 Hawthorn、 Strawberry、 Starfruit、 Chinese persimmon、 Fig、 Guava、 Kumquat、 Olive、 Wampee、 Avocado、 Banana、 Durian、 Papaya、 Chinese gooseberry
2-Fruit and vegetables (other than snack food、 juices and Chinese herbs) Fruit products Pummelo peel、 Preserved Chinese white olive
2-Fruit and vegetables (other than snack food、 juices and Chinese herbs) Vegetables、 including mushrooms、 fungi and seaweed Carrot、 Chinese flowering cabbage、 Chinese kale、 Pea shoot、 Bitter melon、 Hairy gourd、 Corn kernel、 Eggplant、 Tomato、 Chinese chives/Chinese leek、 Onion、 Bamboo shoot、 Broccoli、 Daylily flower、 Snap bean、 Green string beans、 Fresh mushrooms
2-Fruit and vegetables (other than snack food、 juices and Chinese herbs) Vegetable products、 including mushroom、 fungi and seaweed products Dried radish、 Preserved Sichuan mustard、 Ng lau、 Cooked green olives and fermented vegetables、 Kimchi、 Pickled cucumber、 Preserved cabbage、 Preserved leaf mustard、 Preserved rakkyo、 Japanese preserved radish、 Dried shallot bulb、 Preserved mustard greens、 Mui choy、 Tribute vegetable、 Konjac noodle、 Root starch jelly、 Vegetarian food (konjac)、 Black-moss、 Laver (seaweed)、 White fungus、 Ear-fungus、 Agar agar、 Agaricus blazei murill、 Bamboo fungus、 Gloeosterem incarnatum S. Ito et Imai、 Hijiki seaweed、 Kelp (seaweed)、 Monkey head mushroom、 Oyster mushroom、 Tea tree mushroom、 Tremella frondosa Fr.、 Winter mushroom
2-Fruit and vegetables (other than snack food、 juices and Chinese herbs) Nuts and seeds Macadamia、 Pistachio nut、 Hazelnut、 Chestnut、 Cashew、 Almond、 Coconut、 Walnut、 Pine nuts、 Peanut、 Watermelon seed、 Sesame seed、 Flax seed、 Poppy seed、 Sunflower seed、 Water caltrop、 Kola nut
2-Fruit and vegetables (other than snack food、 juices and Chinese herbs) Nut and seed products Coconut milk、 Desiccated coconut、 Nata de coco、 Lotus seed paste、 Peanut butter、 Sesame seed paste
2-Fruit and vegetables (other than snack food、 juices and Chinese herbs) Beans Red bean、 Black soybean、 Broad bean、 Indian bean、 Kidney bean、 Mung bean、 Soybean
2-Fruit and vegetables (other than snack food、 juices and Chinese herbs) Bean products Japanese tofu skin、 Fried tofu、 Fermented red bean curd、 Fermented black soybean、 Dried soybean curd、 Soy bamboo、 Ketchup baked beans、 Fermented bean curd、 Vegetarian food (soybean product)、 Mung bean noodles、 Mung bean starch sheet、 Soybean curd、 Soybean sheet、 Soybean stick、 Red bean paste
3-Sashimi、 sushi and ready-to-eat raw oysters Sashimi Tuna sashimi、 Salmon sashimi、 Geoduck sashimi、 Scallop sashimi、 Sea urchin sashimi、 Beef sashimi
3-Sashimi、 sushi and ready-to-eat raw oysters Sushi Shrimp sushi、 Bean curd sushi、 Crab roe sushi、 Softshell crab sushi、 Corn sushi、 Sweet egg sushi、 California roll、 Lean tuna salad sushi、 Salmon roll、 Shark’s fin jelly fish sushi
3-Sashimi、 sushi and ready-to-eat raw oysters Ready-to-eat raw oysters Raw oysters (ready-to-eat)
4-Aquatic products (other than snack food、 sashimi and ready-to-eat raw oyster) Wild-caught coral reef fish (live and unprocessed) Camouflage grouper、 Green wrasse、 Humphead wrasse、 Two-spot red snapper、 Leopard coral grouper
4-Aquatic products (other than snack food、 sashimi and ready-to-eat raw oyster) Other marine fish (live and unprocessed) Bigeye、 Filefish、 Flathead、 Hairtail、 Rabbitfish、 Salmon、 Sardine
4-Aquatic products (other than snack food、 sashimi and ready-to-eat raw oyster) Freshwater fish (live and unprocessed) Catfish、 Common carp、 Freshwater grouper、 Grass carp、 Snakehead、 Mud carp
4-Aquatic products (other than snack food、 sashimi and ready-to-eat raw oyster) Crustaceans、 molluscs (live and unprocessed) Shrimp/Prawn、 Crab、 Lobster、 Abalone、 Whelk/Conch、 Queen clam、 Geoduck、 Razor clam、 Scallop、 Mussel、 Oyster、 Cuttlefish、 Octopus、 Squid
4-Aquatic products (other than snack food、 sashimi and ready-to-eat raw oyster) Puffer fish (processed and unprocessed) Dried puffer fish、 Puffer fish sashimi/sushi
4-Aquatic products (other than snack food、 sashimi and ready-to-eat raw oyster) Other edible aquatic products (live and unprocessed) Sea star、 Sea urchin、 Horseshoe crab、 Frog
4-Aquatic products (other than snack food、 sashimi and ready-to-eat raw oyster) Dried seafood Shark fin、 Dried fish maw、 Dried bonito、 Shark fin edges、 Jellyfish、 Sea star (dried)、 Shrimp egg、 Dried shrimp、 Dried oyster、 Dried scallop、 Salted fish、Dried squid、 Dried abalone、 Dried sea cucumber
4-Aquatic products (other than snack food、 sashimi and ready-to-eat raw oyster) Other processed aquatic products Caviar、 Dried fish floss、 Fish skin、 Fish dumpling、 Fish ball、 Fish cake、 Fish meat paste、 Minced dace、 Fish roll、 Fish stomach、 Shrimp ball、 Crab roe、 Crab ball、 Imitation crab meat、 Lobster ball、 Octopus ball、 Cuttlefish ball
5-Meat and meat products (other than snack food and sashimi) Frozen、 chilled、 fresh game (unprocessed) Snake meat、 Crocodile meat、 Deer meat
5-Meat and meat products (other than snack food and sashimi) Frozen、 chilled、 fresh meat (unprocessed) Beef、 Beef steak、 Ribs of veal、 Assorted beef offal、 Cattle tendon、 Cattle tongue、 Pork、 Pork knuckle、 Pork chop、 Suckling pig、 Pig kidney、 Pig stomach、 Mutton、 Lamb chop、 Sheep lung、 Sheep heart
5-Meat and meat products (other than snack food and sashimi) Frozen、 chilled、 fresh poultry (unprocessed) Chicken meat、 Chicken wing、 Chicken claw、 Chicken liver、 Chicken blood、 Chicken ovary、 Duck meat、 Duck leg、 Duck intestine、 Duck tongue、 Goose meat、 Goose wing、 Goose liver、 Turkey meat、 Turkey gizzard、 Ostrich meat
5-Meat and meat products (other than snack food and sashimi) Processed game products Dried crocodile meat
5-Meat and meat products (other than snack food and sashimi) Processed meat products Barbecued pork、 Roasted pork、 Corned beef、 Luncheon meat、 Beef sausage、 Beef ball、 Red pork sausage、 Bacon、 Pig skin、 Pork ball、 Chinese ham、 Ham、 Chinese sausage、 Salted and smoked pork、 Sheep sausage、 Liver sausage
5-Meat and meat products (other than snack food and sashimi) Processed poultry products Foie gras、 Chicken nugget、 Chicken sausage、 Turkey sausage、 Preserved chicken、 Preserved duck、 Preserved duck leg、 Preserved duck gizzard
6-Eggs and egg products Chicken eggs Chicken egg、 Marinated chicken egg、 Tea leaf chicken egg、 Chicken egg white、 Chicken egg yolk
6-Eggs and egg products Duck eggs、 goose eggs、 quail eggs and other poultry eggs Duck egg、 Goose egg、 Quail egg、 Lime preserved egg (Thousand-year egg)、 Salted duck egg、 Duck egg white、 Duck egg yolk、 Goose egg white、 Goose egg yolk
6-Eggs and egg products Egg products Egg powder、 Meringue powder、 Frozen liquid whole egg
7-Milk and dairy products (other than infant / follow-up/growing-up formula) Milk and milk beverages Buffalo milk、 Goat milk、 Raw milk、 Frozen milk、 Skimmed milk、 Semi-skimmed milk、 Fortified milk、 Flavoured milk、 Flavoured milk beverage、 Fortified milk beverage、 Reconstituted milk
7-Milk and dairy products (other than infant / follow-up/growing-up formula) Cream、 cheese、 butter Clotted cream、 Thick cream、 Half cream、 Sour cream、 Sterilised cream、 Whipping cream、 Cheddar cheese、 Chinese cheese、 Cream cheese、 Mozzarella cheese、 Parmesan cheese、 Butter
7-Milk and dairy products (other than infant / follow-up/growing-up formula) Condensed milk、 evaporated milk、 filled milk products Condensed milk、 Evaporated milk、 Dried non-dairy creamer、 Filled condensed milk、 Filled evaporated milk
7-Milk and dairy products (other than infant / follow-up/growing-up formula) Dried milk Formula for pregnant women、 Fortified dried milk、 Full cream dried milk、 Semi-skimmed dried milk、 Skimmed dried milk
7-Milk and dairy products (other than infant / follow-up/growing-up formula) Other dairy products Buttermilk、 Fermented beverages (dairy base)、 Yoghurt (other than frozen yoghurt)、 Milk shake
8-Frozen confections Ice cream、 popsicles、frozen yoghurt and others Ice cream (including ice-cream bar and ice-cream cake)、 Popsicle、 Frozen yoghurt、Sundae、 Sorbet
9-Fat and oil Animal fat and oil、 vegetable fat and oil、 other fat and oil Beef tallow、 Lard、 Mutton tallow、 Poultry fat、 Margarine、 Corn oil、 Tropical palm oil、 Olive oil、 Grapeseed oil、 Peanut oil、 Rapeseed oil、 Canola oil、 “Tea seed” oil、 Camellia oil、 Cottonseed oil、 Linseed oil、 Soybean oil、 Walnut oil、 Shortening、 Safflower oil、 Tempura oil、 Synthetic fats
9-Fat and oil Salad dressing Thousand island salad dressing、 Mayonnaise、 Caesar salad dressing
10-Beverages (other than milk and dairy products) Soft drink and other carbonated drinks Cola、 Diet carbonated drink、 Lemon-lime、 Root beer、 Ginger ale、 Tonic water
10-Beverages (other than milk and dairy products) Fresh fruit and vegetable juice、 fruit and vegetable juice drink Fresh apple juice、 Fresh tomato juice、 Fresh sugar cane juice、 Aloe juice drink、 Fruit punch drink、 Prune juice drink、 Limeade
10-Beverages (other than milk and dairy products) Coffee beans、 tea leaves、 instant drink mixes Longjing tea leaves、 Shueishian tea leaves、 Tieguanyin tea leaves、 Tea leaves and tea bags、 Instant drink mixes、 Ginseng powder、 Almond drink、 Instant cereal beverage、 Coffee powder、 Coffee beans
10-Beverages (other than milk and dairy products) Bottled water and edible ice Edible ice cube、 Bottled distilled water、 Bottled mineral water、 Bottled drinking water
10-Beverages (other than milk and dairy products) Other non-alcoholic beverages Coffee、 Decaffeinated coffee、 Soybean milk、 Chocolate drink、 Coconut drink、 Vinegar drink、 Lemon honey、 Fermented beverages (non-dairy base)、 Honey water、 Milk tea-coffee drink、 Energy drink、 Isotonic sports drink、 Ginseng tea、 Chinese tea、 Western tea、 Tea beverages、 Lemon tea、 Milk tea、 24-Chinese-herb tea、 Lo Han Guo beverage、 Hemp seed drink、 Prunella vulgaris beverage、 Sour plum beverage、 Sugar cane beverage、 Beef essence drink、 Bird's nest drink、 Chicken essence drink
10-Beverages (other than milk and dairy products) Beer and ales Beer、 Ales
10-Beverages (other than milk and dairy products) Other alcoholic beverages Champagne、 Red wine、 White wine、 Wine、 Mirin、 Sorghum based white spirit、 Yellow wine、 Rice wine、 Distilled spirit、 Plum wine、 Eggnog
11-Sugars and sweets Sugars、 frostings、 toppings、 dessert sauces Brown sugar in pieces、 Rock sugar、 Granulated sugar、 Brown sugar、 Chocolate spread、 Frosting
11-Sugars and sweets Sweeteners Aspartame、 Saccharine、 Neotame
11-Sugars and sweets Honey、 molasses、 syrups Chocolate syrup、 Malt syrup、 Maple syrup、 Honey、 Molasses、 Syrup
11-Sugars and sweets Jams/Preserves、 jellies Strawberry jam、 Apricot jam、 Peach jam、 Jellies with konjac、 Jellies without konjac
11-Sugars and sweets Candy、 chocolate、 chewing gum Marshmallows、 Chocolate with nuts、 Dark chocolate、 Milk chocolate、 No-sugar candy、 Hard candies、 Jellybeans、 Peanut candies、 Sesame candies、 Chewing gum
12-Dim sum、 Chinese pastry、 mixed dishes、 desserts、 bakery products and snack food (other than candy、 chocolate and chewing gum) Dim sum、 Chinese pastry Glutinous rice dumpling、 Mai Lai cake、 Steamed minced beef ball、 Steamed fresh prawn dumpling、 Sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf、 Spring roll、 Fried wonton、 Steamed rice-roll with barbecue pork、 Rice-roll with doughnut-flitter、 Taro cake、 Sweeten water chestnut cake、 Steamed chicken bun、 Barbecue pork bun、 Steamed white sugar cake、 Chinese steamed bun、 Fried fritter、 Golden new year coconut pudding、 Soft flour cake、 Grilled egg custard、 Cow tongue pastry、 Crispy dumpling
12-Dim sum、 Chinese pastry、 mixed dishes、 desserts、 bakery products and snack food (other than candy、 chocolate and chewing gum) Mixed dishes Dishes、 Rice dishes、 Glutinous rice roll with fried fritter、 Rice dumpling、 Eight treasure congee、 Congee/Porridge、 Noodles and pasta、 Pizza、 Soups、 Concentrated soup/mix/paste/broth/bouillon、 Pork knuckle with ginger and vinegar stew、 Soup pack、 Canned soups、 Salad、 Fruit salad、 Caesar salad、 Potato salad、 Shrimp salad、 Vegetable salad、 Corn salad、 Chicken salad、 Sandwiches、 Hamburger、 Fish burger、 Hotdogs、 Sausage and egg muffin、 Cheeseburger、 Pork chop hamburger
12-Dim sum、 Chinese pastry、 mixed dishes、 desserts、 bakery products and snack food (other than candy、 chocolate and chewing gum) Desserts、 bakery products Steamed egg dessert、 Soybean dessert、 Herbal jelly、 Glutinous rice ball、 Crispy red bean paste pancake、 Indonesian pudding、 Glutinous rice pudding、 Coconut yellow bean pudding、 Glutinous rice dumpling dessert、 Almond dessert、 Sago dessert、 Tiramisu、 Cocktail bun、 Garlic bread、 Pineapple bun、 Crackers、 Maltose biscuit、 Wafer biscuit、 Cake、 Cookies、 Pie、 Doughnut、 Muffin、 Scone、 Mooncake、 Egg tart、 Puff、 Swiss roll、 Pancake
12-Dim sum、 Chinese pastry、 mixed dishes、 desserts、 bakery products and snack food (other than candy、 chocolate and chewing gum) Snack food (puffer fish products) Dried puffer fish (ready-to-eat)
12-Dim sum、 Chinese pastry、 mixed dishes、 desserts、 bakery products and snack food (other than candy、 chocolate and chewing gum) Snack food (others) Fish with cheese sausage、 Cheese rings、 Popcorn、 Shrimp flavoured chips、 Cornnuts、 Preserved pummelo、 Haw roll、 Preserved orange peel、 Macadamia (ready-to-eat)、 Pistachio nut (ready-to-eat)、 Hazelnut (ready-to-eat)、 Walnut (ready-to-eat)、 Pine nuts (ready-to-eat)、 Peanut (ready-to-eat)、 Watermelon seed (ready-to-eat)、 Potato chips、 Seaweed (ready-to-eat)、 Dried pork floss、 Dried pork、 Dried beef/Beef jerky、 Grilled fish snack、 Squid snack
13-Salts、 condiments and sauces、 herbs and spices Vinegar、 gravy、 savoury sauces、 including soya sauces、 oyster sauces Vinegar、 Gravy、 Soya sauce、 Siu-mei sauce/Lo-mei sauce、 Oyster sauce、 Broad bean paste、 Chu-hou paste、 Fermented soya bean paste、 Hollandaise sauce、 Supreme sauce、 Spaghetti sauce、 Chilli sauce、 Salsa、 Sweet paste、 Fish sauce、 Mustard、 Sesame seed oil、 Tabasco/Hot chilli sauce、 Worcestershire sauce、 Ketchup、 Teriyaki sauce、 Ginger juice
13-Salts、 condiments and sauces、 herbs and spices Salts、 condiments Low-sodium salt、 Salt substitute、 Table salt、 Seven spice powder、 Seasoning powders for instant noodles、 Ginger and shallot puree、 Chicken powder、 Flavour enhancer、 Garlic puree
13-Salts、 condiments and sauces、 herbs and spices Herbs and spices Basil、 Mint、 Lemon grass、 Common rue、 Curry leaf/Curry powder、 Dill、 Perilla、 Spice ginger powder、 Wild grass seed、 Caper buds、 Cinnamon、 Five-spice powder、 Garlic powder、 Licorice、 Star anise、 Hot chilli pepper powder、 Ginger powder、 Pepper powder、 Paprika、 Chinese prickly ash、 Nutmeg
14-Chinese herbs and their products Chinese herbs Cloves/Myrtle (flowerbuds)、 Amomum xanthioides (root)、 Chinese torreya nut (seed)、 Chinese yam、 Chrysanthemum (flower)、 Dried orange or tangerine peel (Chinese herbs)、 Euryale ferox salisb、 False saffron (flower)、 Fennel (seed)、 Galangal (root)、 Lo Han Guo、 Honey suckle、 Polygonatum odoratum druce、 Radish (seed)、 Radix angelicae dahuricae、 Radix pseudoginseng、 Reishi/Ganoderma lucidum、 Seabuckthorn berry (fruit)、 Sword flower、 Tuckahoe (fungus)、 Apricot kernel、 Ginkgo、 Lotus seed
14-Chinese herbs and their products Chinese herb products Gui Ling Gao、 Pei Pa Kao syrup
15-Infant/Follow-up/Growing-up formula and baby food Infant/Follow-up/Growing-up formula (for babies up to 36 months) Infant / Follow-up / Growing-up formula
15-Infant/Follow-up/Growing-up formula and baby food Other baby food Baby food、 Baby fruit/vegetable juice
16-Miscellaneous Miscellaneous Baking powder、 Food colours、 Baking soda、 Yeast



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