Ingredients in new flavour of Chun Cui He tea allowed in Singapore: AVA

Chun Cui He announced on its Singapore Facebook page that the Green Milk Tea would be available at 7-Eleven stores from Thursday (Nov 24).
Chun Cui He announced on its Singapore Facebook page that the Green Milk Tea would be available at 7-Eleven stores from Thursday (Nov 24).PHOTO: FACEBOOK/CHUN CUI HE - SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - The ingredients and additives used in a new flavour of Chun Cui He tea are approved for import into Singapore, said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).

AVA said on Friday (Nov 25) it has checked that the ingredients and additives in Chun Cui He Green Milk Tea are approved under the Singapore food regulations.

Chun Cui He announced on its Singapore Facebook page that the Green Milk Tea would be available at 7-Eleven stores from Thursday.

Some Facebook users asked if the drink was approved by AVA in the comments section following the announcement.

The new flavour is being introduced three months after Chun Cui He's milk tea was pulled off the shelves after being found to contain a food additive called L-theanine, which is not permitted in Singapore. The latte flavour remained on sale.

L-theanine is naturally found in teas, but is not allowed as an additive here.

"Importers must check the ingredients list against the regulations, and seek AVA's approval for additives which are not permitted," AVA added.

The bottled drinks made their debut in Singapore in July, and caused such a frenzy that netizens took to social media to post updates of specific 7-Eleven outlets that had stock, leading 7-Eleven to set a limit of four bottles per customer.

The drinks are produced by Taiwanese food company Bifido.