Do we know what actually goes into our food?
Most of the time, as long as something looks tasty, we’ll tear open the packaging and simply gobble the whole thing up.
I mean, if they’re selling in the supermarkets, they must be safe, right?
Well, most of the time.
Sometimes, a food product with unsafe or toxic ingredients falls through the cracks and lands on our tables.
Fortunately, the authorities here carry out routine tests on food products here, to determine if they’re safe for consumption.
Recently, to everyone’s horror, they discovered that one product on the shelves had some cancer-causing toxins in it.
Singlong’s Ground Peanut Powder Recalled Due to High Levels of Aflatoxins, Which Can Cause Cancer
The product in question is Sing Long Foodstuff Trading’s Ground Peanut Powder with Sugar.
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) ordered Singlong to recall the product after it was found to contain high levels of aflatoxins.
The agency said it detected the presence of aflatoxins during a routine sampling of the product.
SFA advised residents to keep their exposure to aflatoxins through food as low as possible.
While aflatoxins occur naturally in foods such as groundnuts, they are known to be genotoxic, meaning they can damage the genetic information within a cell, causing mutations or even cancer.
The aflatoxins are also believed to have the potential to cause cancer.
The SFA said it discovered that the level of aflatoxins detected in the product exceeded the maximum limits stated in the Singapore Food Regulations.
The affected product is Singlong brand’s ground peanut powder with sugar in 300g packages, for all expiry dates.
They advised those who have already purchased the product not to consume it.
“While occasional ingestion of food contaminated with aflatoxins is not expected to cause appreciable health risk, those who have consumed the implicated product and have concerns about their health should seek medical advice,” the agency said.
Customers may also contact their point of purchase for enquiries.
Recall of the product is ongoing.
Singlong Peanut Puff Previously Recalled
Singlong and peanuts just don’t seem to mix well.
Back in 2019, a batch of Singlong brand peanut puff was recalled after a small metal fragment was found inside a peanut puff.
And in 2018, a metal screw was found in a bottle of Singlong’s crunchy peanut butter.
I like my peanut butter to be crunchy, but that took things a little too far.
Featured Image: Singapore Food Agency (SFA)