'Pearls' dropped by some bubble tea shops
THE bubble has burst for several tea businesses here.
Five of the 20 beverage and dessert operators The Straits Times spoke to yesterday have pulled tapioca starch balls - also known as "pearls" - from their drinks following a recall of 11 starch-based Taiwanese products found to contain maleic acid.
The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on Sunday that the products have been withdrawn after the additive - which has not been approved here - was found in them.
Consuming high levels of it can cause kidney damage. Two of the five operators to stop selling pearls were directly affected by the product recall.