More than 20 people have fallen ill in Singapore after eating some kind of pastry.
The Department of Health (MOH) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) are investigating five separate incidents affecting 23 people.
Patients have reported symptoms of gastroenteritis after consuming durian snow skin moon cakes Mdm Ling Bakery Mao Shan Wang. One person was hospitalized and has since been discharged.
The moon cakes were imported from Malaysia by Mdm Ling Bakery Pte Ltd. and sold at various retailers in Singapore.
Snow skin mooncakes are usually round and served cold. They can have a variety of filings, including durian, a type of fruit.
The SFA asked the importer to stop selling the product and to recall the items that were distributed. All expiration dates are affected.
Company officials apologized to affected customers via a Facebook post.
“We take responsibility for the food products we import and have been in close contact with our production partner on this matter. Quality control is of the utmost importance in our business because the well-being of our customers is important to us. We would like to assure everyone that we take all matters relating to food safety standards very seriously. In the meantime, we are fully cooperating with the SFA and the Ministry of Health in their investigations, ”the statement said.
“Our management team has since reached out to customers who need our help and will continue to do so to make sure all is well. We remain committed to providing you with a quality customer experience.
Home business suspension lifted
In the meantime, the SFA has lifted the ban on the distribution and sale of foods prepared by The Peachy Sugarmaker Pte Ltd.
The home-based business has implemented the measures requested by the SFA so that operations can resume. They included the disposal of all ready-to-eat, thawed and perishable foods, as well as the cleaning and disinfection of their premises, including the replacement of equipment and utensils.
The Department of Health and the SFA have received reports of gastroenteritis involving 47 people after eating food prepared by home staff between August 5 and 9. A dozen people were hospitalized.
SFA ceased the distribution and sale of food products manufactured by the company from August 13 to September 28. The first announcement in August mentioned that 15 people were sick of the company that makes cakes and cookies.
Consumers are urged to use discretion when shopping from home food businesses. The SFA said it would not hesitate to take action against anyone who violates food hygiene and public health rules.
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