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Sunright tapioca balls found to have traces of unapproved additive, says AVA

An unapproved food additive has led to the recall of a brand of tapioca balls that may be used in desserts and drinks here like bubble tea. -ST
Daryl Chin

Sun, May 19, 2013
The Straits Times

An unapproved food additive has led to the recall of the Sunright brand of tapioca balls that may be used in desserts and drinks here like bubble tea.

SINGAPORE - The tapioca balls, sold under the brand Sunright, were found to have traces of maleic acid by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


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The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore issued a statement on its website on May 17:

The Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert on the detection of maleic acid, an unapproved food additive, in some food products manufactured in Taiwan.

Occasional consumption at the levels detected by Taiwan FDA does not pose any significant health risk.

However, long term consumption of high levels of maleic acid can cause kidney damage.

Of the affected products, only Sunright brand tapioca balls were imported.

AVA has informed local importers of Sunright brand tapioca balls to withdraw them from sale and the withdrawal has been completed.

Consumers who have purchased the affected product should either return it to the retailer or discard the product and not consume it.

As a precautionary measure, AVA is conducting surveillance of other similar food products from Taiwan to ensure that they do not contain maleic acid.

 
 
 
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