Singapore recalls two batches of Eu Yan Sang Brown Rice Si Shen powder

The product is marketed to 'transit from liquid to solid feed'.

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Brown Rice Si Shen powder, produced by traditional Chinese medicine maker Eu Yan Sang Singapore.
The Singapore Food Agency has ordered the recall of two batches of Brown Rice Si Shen powder, produced by traditional Chinese medicine maker Eu Yan Sang Singapore. (PHOTO: Singapore Food Agency)

SINGAPORE — Singapore's food safety watchdog, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), has ordered the recall of two batches of Brown Rice Si Shen powder produced by traditional Chinese medicine maker Eu Yan Sang Singapore.

The move came after the SFA detected aflatoxin B1 and arsenic elements beyond the permissible levels in the product.

According to an SFA release on Wednesday (29 March), the affected batches numbered 120 and 121, with respective expiry dates of 13 May 2024 and 17 May 2024.

According to a now disabled page on the manufacturer's website, the product is meant to help 'transit from liquid to solid feed', and contains brown rice, lotus seeds, Chinese yam, poria, euryale seeds, and barley.

The agency stated that it had detected the aflatoxin B1 and arsenic chemical in samples of the powder product at levels that exceeded Singapore's food regulations' maximum limit.

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

Consuming aflatoxins over an extended period can lead to liver damage and cancer, while long-term exposure to arsenic can cause skin changes and cancer.

Exposure through food, especially those meant for young children, should be kept as low as possible, the SFA said.

The SFA advised consumers who had purchased the implicated products not to feed them to their children, and to seek medical advice if their children had consumed the product and had concerns about their health.

The SFA said that consumers who had bought the product could contact their point of purchase for enquiries.

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