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'Pearls' dropped by some bubble tea shops

Published on May 28, 2013 7:42 AM
A-Gan TEA Singapore said two out of the five tapioca products it uses were found to contain maleic acid. -- ST PHOTO: EDWARD TEO

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The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on Sunday that the products have been withdrawn after the additive - which has not been approved here - was found in them.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.

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