Mooncake lovers take note – Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has just recalled a couple of mooncake products that can be found in stores locally.
Joymom and Fragrance Mooncakes
Two mooncake products from different food importers have been found to contain aflatoxins and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria at levels exceeding the maximum limits stipulated in Singapore’s Food Regulations.
- Joymom’s Musang King Snowskin Mooncake
- Fragrance’s Single Yolk Lotus Paste Baked Mooncake
Joymom’s Musang King Snowskin Mooncake
Fragrance’s Single Yolk Lotus Paste Baked Mooncake
The respective importers Taste Right Pte Ltd and Fragrance Foodstuff Pte Ltd have been directed to recall the implicated products. The recall is ongoing according to SFA.
Consumers who have purchased the implicated products should not consume them. They should also seek medical advice if they have consumed the implicated products and have concerns about their health.
What are Aflatoxins?
Aflatoxin is a family of toxins produced by certain fungi of the Aspergillus species. These toxins are potent carcinogens and can be found in contaminated food crops such as peanuts, corn, cottonseed, and tree nuts.
Consuming foods contaminated with aflatoxin poses serious health risks to humans and animals, including liver damage and cancer.
What about Staphylococcus aureus?
Staphylococcus aureus (often referred to simply as “staph”) is a type of gram-positive, round (coccal) bacterium that is commonly found on the skin and in the noses of healthy individuals.
While often harmless, S. aureus can cause a range of illnesses, from minor skin infections (like pimples, boils, and abscesses) to life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, endocarditis, toxic shock syndrome, and septicemia. Some strains of S. aureus have developed resistance to certain antibiotics, making infections harder to treat.