The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has detected benzoic acid, a food additive, in kueh products manufactured by K & B Nonya Kueh Manufacture Pte. Ltd and Beng San Food Industry Pte. Ltd.
As benzoic acid is not allowed in kueh products under the Singapore Food Regulations, SFA has directed the manufacturers to recall the products.
The recall is ongoing.
2 Affected products include Kueh Seri Muka and Kueh Lapis from K & B Nonya Kueh Manufacture Pte. Ltd., as well as Yam Cake, Carrot Cake, Pumpkin Cake, Soon Kueh and Png Kueh from Beng San Food Industry Pte. Ltd.
3 Under the Singapore Food Regulations, only permitted food additives with levels within the maximum levels are allowed for use in food.
4 Based on the levels detected, once off consumption of the affected products is unlikely to be of food safety concern. Consumers, however, should not consume food containing high levels of benzoic acid over a long period of time. This is because even though benzoic acid is a common additive which is safe when used in small quantities, studies in animals fed with high doses of benzoic acid have shown disorder of the central nervous system as well as changes in their brains.
5 Consumers who have consumed the implicated products and have concerns about their health should seek medical advice. Consumers may contact their point of purchase for enquiries.
Issued by SFA
10 March 2022
Read the Official Media Release HERE.