AVA recalls Evergreen Life Limited manuka honey products

SINGAPORE - Certain Evergreen Life Limited manuka honey products are being recalled as they have been processed with unapproved substances, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said on Friday (Feb 26).

New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries said "there is information to suggest" that non-approved substances, dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and methylglyoxal (MG), may have been used during the processing of the honey.

The two chemicals are supposed to occur naturally in manuka honey.

The Ministry said that there is no food safety risk associated with the recalled products.

AVA is working with the importer to recall the affected products here. Singapore's food regulations do not allow additives to be added to honey.The agency advised consumers who have purchased the affected products not to consume them and to discard them.

While there is no food safety risk, those who have consumed the honey and have any health concerns can consult a doctor or seek medical advice, AVA said.