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The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has issued a recall for a batch of canned clams from Malaysia after it was found to contain excessive cadmium.
SFA said it detected the presence of cadmium in Rex Grilled Clam at levels exceeding the maximum limit stated in the Singapore Food Regulations.
The affected product has a best before date of July 4, 2025.
As a precautionary measure, importer Yee Lee Oils & Foodstuffs (Singapore) Pte Ltd has been directed to recall the implicated products. The recall is ongoing.
SFA said: "Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium are naturally present in the environment and can enter our food when the animals and plants we eat come into contact with water, soil and the seabed.
"Shellfish in particular grow on the ocean floor and can accumulate heavy metals that have sunk to the bottom.
"Based on levels detected, once-off consumption of the affected products is unlikely to be of food safety concern.
"However, long-term intake of high levels of cadmium may cause renal dysfunction, bone demineralisation and increased risk of cancer in the lung, endometrium, bladder and breast."
Those who have consumed the implicated products and have concerns about their health should seek medical advice. Consumers may contact their point of purchase for enquiries.