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The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has directed Kwong Cheong Thye to recall five of its sauces and pastes after an undeclared fish allergen was detected in the products.
SFA said in a media release that the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department detected an allergen, fish, in a sample of Kwong Cheong Thye Sambal Belachan Chilli Paste manufactured in Singapore.
The allergen was not declared on the product's label.
Further investigations by the manufacturer, Kwong Cheong Thye Pte Ltd, revealed that the aforementioned product, as well as their Crispy Chilli (Sauce), Chilli Crab Sauce, Laksa Paste and Premium Chilli King (Sauce) products could potentially contain fish allergen due to the shrimp-based ingredients used in these products.
Since the implicated products are available for sale in Singapore, SFA has directed the manufacturer to recall the products.
The recall is ongoing.
"Allergen in food could result in allergic reaction in individuals who are sensitive to it," added SFA.
"Under the Sale of Food (Food Regulation), food products containing ingredients that are known to cause hypersensitivity must be declared on food packaging labels to safeguard public health."
Consumers who have purchased the affected products, and who are allergic to fish, should not consume them. The presence of fish allergen does not pose a food safety issue to consumers at large, except for those who are allergic to fish.
Consumers who have purchased the affected products, and are allergic to fish, may contact their point of purchase for enquiries.
Details of the implicated products are as follows: