Toxins that can cause cancer and birth defects found in batch of Earthen Pot chilli powder

A batch of chilli powder product is being recalled after an unsafe level of aflatoxins was detected in it.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said it detected the presence of aflatoxins exceeding the maximum standards stated in the Singapore Food Regulations in chilli powder from the Earthen Pot brand.

The implicated batch of product comes in packing sizes of 100g and 250g, and has an expiry date of June 28, 2023.

It added: "SFA has directed the manufacturer, Nims Pte Ltd, to recall the implicated batch. The recall is ongoing."

Aflatoxins can occur in foods, as a result of fungal contamination before and after harvest under warm and humid conditions.

According to SFA, aflatoxins are known to be genotoxic and carcinogenic. Exposure through food should be kept as low as possible.

Consumers who have purchased the implicated product are advised not to consume it. Those who have consumed the implicated product and have concerns about their health should seek medical advice.

Consumers may also contact their point of purchase for enquiries.

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