China-made roasted walnut product recalled after artificial sweetener cyclamate finding


The affected 500g and 1kg roasted walnut products were produced on March 24 and March 25, respectively.- SINGAPORE FOOD AGENCY

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has recalled a China-made roasted walnut product after it detected the presence of artificial sweetener cyclamate in it.

The affected product, Xiyuguoyuan Xinjiang Paper Roasted Walnut, also contained another artificial sweetener, acesulfame-K, with the amount exceeding permitted levels.

While cyclamate, also known as cyclamic acid, is approved for use as an artificial sweetener for food products such as soft drinks and canned fruits in Singapore, it is not permitted in walnuts or other nuts and seed products.

The use of acesulfame-K, a food additive used in nuts and seed products, is permitted up to a maximum limit as stated in the Republic’s food regulations, the agency said on May 24.

The affected 500g and 1kg products were produced on March 24 and March 25, respectively.

As a precautionary measure, the agency has directed the importer, Hong Xin Da, to recall the affected products. The recall is ongoing.

SFA added that it is carrying out proactive sampling and testing of nuts and seed products in Singapore.

In the event that non-permitted sweeteners such as cyclamate are found or permitted sweeteners such as acesulfame-k exceed the approved limit, SFA said it will initiate the recall of the affected products. - The Straits Times/ANN

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