The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has confirmed that the plastic-looking grass jelly seen in videos circulated online is real.
AVA said in a Facebook post on Thursday night (May 25) that laboratory tests had been conducted on samples of the grass jelly from feedback providers, and they were confirmed to be "real chin chow".
AVA also added that they had inspected the manufacturing facility of the grass jelly, which was found to be "satisfactorily maintained with no abnormalities in their manufacturing process".
The spongy appearance of the grass jelly might have been due to the "different extents of freezing and defrosting after manufacturing", said AVA. Freezing and thawing of grass jelly can damage its physical structure, as the gelatin bonds within the jelly are broken and then clumped together.