Mooncakes recalled for containing high levels of carcinogenic toxin, bacteria that cause food poisoning

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has recalled two mooncake products which have been found to contain high levels of bacteria that cause food poisoning and a carcinogenic toxin.

Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) was detected in Joymom's Musang King Snowskin Mooncake, while flatoxins were discovered in Fragrance's Single Yolk Lotus Paste Baked Mooncake.

SFA said both substances were present at levels exceeding the maximum limits stipulated in Singapore’s food regulations.

The agency has directed the respective importers, Taste Right Pte Ltd and Fragrance Foodstuff Pte Ltd, to recall the implicated products as precautionary measure.

The recall is ongoing.

Both products were imported from Malaysia.

SFA added: "S. aureus is a bacterium that is normally found in the environment and is also found on the skin or in the noses of people.

"S. aureus is a common cause of food poisoning and affected individuals may experience sudden onset of symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea.

"Foodborne pathogens like S. aureus can be introduced during the production process when cross-contamination occurs, particularly when good hand hygiene is not practised.

"Aflatoxins can occur in foods, as a result of fungal contamination. Examples of food that can be contaminated with aflatoxins include cereals, nuts and oilseeds as well as processed foods containing these ingredients.

"Aflatoxins are known to be genotoxic and carcinogenic, and exposure through food should be kept as low as possible."

Those who have purchased the affected products should not consume them, said SFA. Seek medical advice if you have consumed the implicated mooncakes and have concerns about your health.

Consumers can contact their point of purchase for enquiries.

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