Malaysian-Made Durian Mooncakes Recalled In Singapore Due To Excessive Bacteria

The Singapore Food Agency said the bacteria was most likely introduced during the production process.

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A batch of Malaysian-made snowskin durian mooncakes have been ordered for recall in Singapore due to the presence of bacteria exceeding regulatory limits in them

In a statement on Monday, 29 August, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said it has detected the bacterium Escherichia coli, more commonly known as E. coli, at levels exceeding limits for ready-to-eat food stated under Singapore food regulations.

The regulatory body has directed the Singaporean importer Easy Mix to recall the batch of My Mum's Cookies Premium Mao Shan Wang Snowskin Mooncake (Vegan) as a precautionary measure.

SFA said the recall is still ongoing and has advised consumers who have purchased the affected product not to consume it

"Those that have consumed the implicated product and have concerns about their health should seek medical advice," it also said.

The implicated product comes in batch number of 23GBB-400 and a best-before date of 31 December this year.

According to Yahoo News Singapore, E. coli is a bacteria that is normally found in the intestines of people and animals. While most species are harmless, some types can cause diarrhoea, stomach pain, cramps, and fever.

Its incubation period can range from 12 hours to eight days, and according to SFA, was most likely introduced during the production process.

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Meanwhile, a spokesman for My Mum's Cookies said only one batch is affected by the recall, and its remaining batches have been certified fit for consumption

The spokesman told The Straits Times that each batch is tested prior to being imported to Singapore, and they have conducted second tests on the rest of its mooncakes, which have confirmed that they are safe to eat.

The manufacturer and SFA added that they have not received any issues about the product from its customers.

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