2 Bubble Tea Products Recalled for Having Unpermitted Food Additive


Familiar with Xiang Piao Piao bubble tea?

Most Singaporeans know and love their bubble tea products for giving us our late-night bubble tea fixes. However, we have bad news.

Two of the Xiang Piao Piao products are currently being recalled per the directions of the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

Here’s why.

Dehydroacetic Acid Detected in Xiang Piao Piao Products; Importer to Recall Implicated Products

On Saturday (17 Dec), the SFA shared a post on Facebook regarding the recall of the Xiang Piao Piao bubble tea products.

The importer of the Xiang Piao Piao bubble tea products, Green Olive Group Pte Ltd, has been directed by the SFA to recall two products. Namely, the Xiang Piao Piao Muscovado Sugar Mix (Bubble & Red Bean) Milk Tea and the Xiang Piao Piao Matcha Mix (Bubble & Raisin) Milk Tea.

The recall is currently ongoing.

The problem with these products? The SFA detected the presence of the food additive dehydroacetic acid in both products.

Dehydroacetic acid, according to the SFA, is not a permitted food additive under the Singapore Food Regulations.

Food Safety Risk Associated With Both Products Is Low

Should you be worried if you were unfortunate enough to have bought and consumed either of these products?

Well, the SFA says that you need not be.

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“The food safety risk associated with consumption of the implicated products is low,” the SFA wrote in their Facebook post.

Food for thought: you should probably be more worried about what all the late-night McSpicy meals you’re ordering are doing to your health. Or what all that alcohol on Friday nights is doing to your liver.

In other words, you don’t need to panic if you have consumed either of the bubble tea products currently being recalled.

The SFA also added: “Nonetheless, consumers who have purchased the implicated products and have concerns about their health should not consume it”.


Some may say that the SFA was covering their backs with this line, but I call it “risk management”.

If you have purchased either of the bubble tea products and have more questions about it, you may contact your point of purchase for enquiries. Or maybe, if you’ve been eyeing your local supermarket cashier, this is your chance to start a conversation.

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Featured Image: Facebook (Singapore Food Agency (SFA)) + TOKOPOINT