askST: Food additives help to preserve kueh, but how safe are they?

Under food regulations, the use of benzoic acid or sorbic acid is not allowed in kueh products, except for their filling. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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SINGAPORE - The use of preservatives in food made headlines recently when the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) suspended the operations of nine kueh manufacturers in July over the improper use of benzoic acid and sorbic acid.

The suspension was the result of checks by the agency on 28 major kueh makers from April to July this year, after SFA detected high levels - more than two to eight times the regulatory limit - of benzoic acid in the products of two other kueh makers in March.

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