SINGAPORE: The Singapore Food Agency SFA issued a recall on November 25 for a type of packaged cake after it was found to contain more than the permitted level of sorbic acid.
The recall affects the Lemon Square Cheese Cake Original brand, which comes in a pack of 10 and is imported from the Philippines, with the number 09 and an expiry date of March 27, 2023.
The agency has ordered Orient Pearl Goods and Services to recall the product as a precaution.
SFA said that sorbic acid is a permitted food additive for preservation.
According to Healthline, it inhibits the growth of mould in food, which allows for shipping and storing for a longer period of time. It is often used in baked goods, wine, cheese, and canned goods.
People can be allergic to it, but reactions are mild and consist of light skin itching, the website said.
Consumption of the affected product is unlikely to have a health effect due to its low toxicity, it added.
Consumers who have eaten the product and have concerns about their health should not consume it, SFA said.
They can ask any questions at their point of purchase.