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Public Alert No: 023/2020-Recall Of Winter Melon Strips Due To Excessive Levels Of Sulphur Dioxide

October 27, 2020,

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)  has been informed that the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has detected sulphur dioxide, an allergen, in samples of winter melon strips at levels exceeding the maximum limit for sulphur dioxide as stated in the Singapore Food Regulations. 2 SFA has directed 7 importers to recall the implicated products.

Excessive levels of sulphite in food could result in allergic reactions in individuals who are hypersensitive to sulphite.

Symptoms include hives, itchiness, stomach-ache, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Sulphite is commonly used as a food additive and is typically tested for as sulphur dioxide (a gaseous substance)

AFFECTED PRODUCT DETAILS:

S/N Brand size Batches Man date Expiry

Date

Importer/

Producer

1 candied melon strips 3kg All batches with manufacturing dates on 13 June 13 June 2020 NA  Zheng Shi Ming
2 Winter Melon Sweet (300g) 300g All batch with expiry dates in Oct 2021 NA  Oct 2021 Vietnam
3 Sweet Homes preserved winter melon 250g All batches with manufacturing dates on 24 April 2020 24th April 2020 April 2021 Bake Yen Pte Ltd

Malaysia

4 Candied Melon 300g All batches NA  Nov 2021 Z T P GINSENG BIRDNEST PTE LTD

China

5 Preserved Winter Melon 150g All batches  NA 22 May 2022 Product of Malaysia
6 Bee’s Brand Sweeten Melon Strips (1kg) 1kg) All batches NA 10 May 2021

 

Product of China
7 Tong Keow Preserved Winter Melon (250g) All batch NA 13 Nov 2021

 

Product of Malaysia
8 Happy Family Melon Chop (300g) 300g All batches  2March 2021,

3 March 2021

6 March 2021

Product of Malaysia
9 Hock Hua Tonic winter melon strip (250g) All batches

 

26 May 2021

14 June 2021

 

H.W. Agri-Food Trading Pte Ltd (Tel: 64826006

NAFDAC implores distributors, wholesalers, and retailers to immediately stop the distribution and sales of the Winter melon products.

Consumers who have purchased the implicated products should not consume the and Consumers who feel unwell may wish to seek medical attention.

Anyone in possession of the affected product should submit the affected product to nearest NAFDAC office.

Consumers are advised to report adverse events related to use of these products to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLL FREE from all networks) or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng

NAFDAC……..Customer-focused, Agency-minded!!!

Signed Management

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