Food safety agency appealing for information on video of chicken sausages with 'white worms'

In the video, two men and a woman can be heard discussing the white worms that emerge after the sausages are soaked in water.
In the video, two men and a woman can be heard discussing the white worms that emerge after the sausages are soaked in water.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM VIDEO/ SINGAPORE INCIDENTS
The chicken sausages are being sold online by a local supermarket chain.
The chicken sausages are being sold online by a local supermarket chain.PHOTO: NTUC FAIRPRICE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is appealing for more information after a video alleging that a popular brand of frozen chicken sausages bought here contained white worms was uploaded to YouTube on Monday (Nov 4).

In the video, two men and a woman can be heard discussing what appears to be white worms that fill the water that the sausages - allegedly from United States brand Valley Chef - are soaked in.

They are also heard saying that the sausages were bought from a local supermarket chain.

When asked whether it was investigating the video, the SFA referred The Straits Times to its Facebook post on Tuesday morning.

In it, the SFA said: "We are aware of a circulating video that shows chicken franks soaked in a bowl of water and what appears to be white worms floating in the water. According to the video, these chicken franks were supposedly bought in Singapore.

"We urge consumers who have more information on the video or who have encountered similar issues to provide details via our online feedback form."

A Hong Kong-based spokesman for Valley Chef told The Straits Times that the company has investigated the video, and that the white materials seen floating in the water are not the "worms" claimed in the video.

 
 
 

"(They are) but damage from the surface of the hot dog that is washing away under the water. This is likely the result of storage at an improper temperature and seems to be an isolated incident," she said.

The spokesman added that the production of Valley Chef chicken sausages is overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, and that concerned customers can return any previously-purchased products to the original retailer.