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Unapproved additive found in 11 food products

Published on May 27, 2013 7:20 AM
Hong Tapioca Starch is one of the 11 Taiwanese products found to contain maleic acid. -- PHOTO: AGRI-FOOD AND VETERINARY AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE

ELEVEN starch-based products from Taiwan, most of which are used in bubble tea beverages, have been withdrawn from sale after they were found to contain an additive which has not been approved in Singapore.

Maleic acid was discovered in the products; consuming high levels of it can cause kidney damage.

In a statement yesterday, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said that its findings stemmed from surveillance of Taiwanese food products, following the recall of the Sunright brand of tapioca balls earlier this month.

The AVA said it has tested 66 products so far and that most of the 11 affected products are tapioca starch balls - commonly known as "pearls" - used in the preparation of bubble tea.

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The 11 recalled products

  • Hong Tapioca Starch
  • Redman Black Tapioca Pearl
  • Sun Right Indica Rice Powder
  • Top 1 Tapioca Pearls
  • Tea World Tapioca Starch Ball
  • Unbranded Starch Ball
  • Ting Long Tapioca Pearls
  • Sun Chi Noodles
  • T&M Resources Corp Tapioca Pearls
  • Pure Tea Tapioca Pearls (White)
  • Pure Tea Tapioca Pearls (Black)