While the weather in Singapore is always perfect for ice cream, you might want to check the labels on your ice cream first before digging right into a new pint for now.
And it’s not to look at how many calories you’re consuming when you eat the whole pint in one go.
Just yesterday (5 August), the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) posted an announcement regarding the recall of two Haagen-Dazs items.
The post, which has since been shared on Facebook over 500 times, informed consumers that two products of the well-known ice-cream brand will be recalled due to the presence of ethylene oxide, a type of pesticide.
The two products that are being recalled are the 100ml-sized cup of Haagen-Dazs’ Belgium Chocolate ice cream, as well as the 473ml-sized tub of the Cookies & Cream ice cream. The products have an expiry date of 8 June 2023 and 27 May 2023 respectively.
Both products were imported from France.
“As the implicated products were imported into Singapore, SFA has directed the importer, Frosts Food & Beverage (Pte.) Ltd, to recall the products. The recall is ongoing,” SFA added in its Facebook caption.
The agency also advised consumers who bought the recalled products and have eaten them to seek medical advice if they have any concerns regarding their health.
Prior to SFA’s announcement, the European Commission Food Alerts’ Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed released an announcement to recall both products for the same reason.
Impacts of Ethylene Oxide on the Body
SFA also clarified that ethylene oxide is not authorised for use in food.
“Although there is no immediate risk to consumption of food contaminated with low levels of ethylene oxide, long-term exposure may lead to health issues.
“Therefore, exposure to this substance should be minimised as much as possible,” SFA added.
Based on a report by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, long-term exposure to the pesticide may lead to irritation in one’s eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs.
Ethylene oxide may also cause damage to the brain and nervous system and increases one’s risk of contracting cancers involving white blood cells such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and lymphocytic leukemia, as well as breast cancer.
Exposure to ethylene oxide increases the risk of cancer, according to the same report.
Other Haagen-Dazs Ice Creams Recalled Last Month
Prior to this particular recall, two other Haagen-Dazs ice cream products were also recalled last month as they contained ethylene oxide as well.
The products recalled were the vanilla-flavoured pint and Classic Collection Mini Cups ice creams, with both products expiring between 4 July 2022 to 21 July 2023.
Just like the current recall, both products were imported from France as well.
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Featured Image: Facebook (Singapore Food Agency (SFA))
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