8 New Year foods fail safety checks
January 29, 2013
Eight of 634 Lunar New Year foods have failed safety tests, for containing excess preservatives.
The Centre for Food Safety announced the findings of its latest seasonal food surveillance check today, reporting an overall satisfactory rate of 98.7%.
Seven candied lotus seed samples were found to contain the preservative sulphur dioxide exceeding the legal limit.
A sample of preserved pomelo contained another preservative, benzoic acid, exceeding the legal limit.
Sulphur dioxide and benzoic acid can cause breathing difficulties, headaches and nausea to people allergic to them.