Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene

 

 

Confirmed Minutes of the Twenty-fourth Meeting
held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, 12 November 2004
at Room 2005, 20/F, Murray Building, Garden Road, Central

 

 

Professor YUEN Kwok-yung, SBS, JP

 

(Chairman)

Mr CHAN Bing-woon, SBS, JP

 

 

Dr John HO

 

 

Mr HUNG Hak-hip, Peter

 

 

Dr Anthony Edward JAMES

 

 

Professor KWAN Hoi-shan

 

 

Mr Jimmy KWOK, MH

 

 

Mr LAI Tat-sang, David, MH

 

 

Mrs LAM WONG Pik-har, Grace

 

 

Mr John LEE, JP

 

 

Dr Jacqueline LUI

 

 

Dr. York Y N CHOW

 

Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food

 

Mrs Carrie YAU

 

 

Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food

Mr Thomas CHAN

 

 

Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Mr Gregory LEUNG

 

 

Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Mr Wallace LAU

 

Acting Secretary

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Absent with Apologies

 

Dr Helen CHAN

 

 

Dr LO King-shun

 

 

Ms LAM Wai-ling, Leona, JP

 

 

Dr LO Wing-lok, JP

 

 

Dr P Y LAM

 

Director of Health

 

 

In Attendance

 

 

Health, Welfare and Food Bureau

 

 

Mr Eddy CHAN

Deputy Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food (Food and Environmental Hygiene)

 

 

Mr Vincent LIU

Principal Assistant Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food (Food and Environmental Hygiene) 2

 

 

Miss SHEA Wing Man

Assistant Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food (Food and Environmental Hygiene) 2

 

 

Mr Louis NG

Senior Executive Officer (Food and Environmental Hygiene)

 

 

Food and Environmental Hygiene Department

 

 

Dr S P MAK

 

Deputy Director (Food and Public Health)

 

Dr Y Y HO

Consultant (Community Medicine)(Risk Assessment and Communication)

 

 

Dr Y H CHONG

Senior Medical Officer (Risk Communication)

 

 

Dr Thomas CHUNG

 

Assistant Director (Food Surveillance and Control)

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Department of Health

 

Dr L Y TSE

Consultant Community Medicine (NCD)

 

 

Opening Remarks

 

             The Chairman welcomed Members to the meeting.  He also extended a warm welcome to Dr York Y N CHOW, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food.

 

 

Agenda Item 1: Confirmation of the Minutes of the Last Meeting

 

2.          Members confirmed the minutes of the last meeting, which had incorporated the amendments proposed by Dr L Y TSE.

 

 

Agenda Item 2: Matters Arising from the Minutes of the Last Meeting

 

3.          Following up on the photographs of improper storage of cleansing equipment provided by a Member, Mr Gregory LEUNG reported to the meeting that FEHD would identify suitable locations to build small shelters to store cleansing equipment.  [Post Meeting Note: Immediately after the report of the incident, FEHD had removed the cleansing equipment from the mentioned spot.  The spot was put under regular inspection and the situation had continuously been maintained in order.  Separately, FEHD had written to the Lands Department for the temporary allocation of a suitable location to erect a storeroom with better outlook to store the cleansing equipment.]

 

 

 

Agenda Item 3: Confidential Papers

 

  

Agenda Item 4: Any Other Business

 

4.          The Chairman invited a Member to introduce the editorial on FEHD��s enforcement against public cleanliness offences.

 

5.             Upon the request of the Chairman, Mr Gregory LEUNG reported to the meeting that in roughly the 15 months from mid 2003 to September 2004, around 32 000 fixed penalty notices (FPN) were issued.  Over 70 per cent of these FPN were issued by FEHD.  Due to strengthened enforcement, Mr Gregory LEUNG said that the average number of FPNs issued went up from a monthly average of 1 500 (when the fixed penalty was $600) to over 2 000 after the level of fine was increased to $1,500.  Mr Gregory LEUNG added that enforcement figures indicated that there were more male offenders (84%) than females (16%) and those between the ages of 21 to 60 accounted for the majority (72%).  He also told the meeting that during August and September of 2004, 85 per cent of those first offenders committed the littering offence.  Spitting accounted for 12 per cent.  2.4 per cent were related to illegal bills/posters and the remaining were charged for dog fouling.  In response to the comment that FEHD staff adopted a more lenient attitude towards the lower-income group and the elderly, Mr Gregory LEUNG clarified that FEHD did not differentiate between different demographic or income groups during enforcement.  He added that FEHD also enforced the public cleanliness laws against non-HKID card holders.

 

6.          There being no other business, the meeting ended at about 5:15 p.m.  The date of next meeting was tentatively fixed on 13 January 2005.

 

 

Secretariat

Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene

Health, Welfare and Food Bureau

November 2004