The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday, June 7, the banning of 15 products contaminated with maleic acid, a substance used in making synthetic resins.
FDA acting director Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go said the following products are not registered with the FDA for selling in the country:
- Hong Tapioca Starch
- Redman Black Tapioca Pearl
- Sun Right Indica Rice Powder
- Top 1 Tapioca Pearls
- Tea World Tapioca Starch Ball
- Unbranded Starch Ball
- Ding Long Tapioca Pearls
- Sun Chi Noodles
- T & M Resources Corp Tapioca Pearls
- Pure Tea Tapioca Pearls (White)
- Pure Tea Tapioca Pearls (Black)
- Full Free Green Tea Tapioca Ball
- Full Free Yam Tapioca Ball
- Long Kow Vegetarian Instant Rice Noodle
- Long Kow Rice Noodle with Thick Soup
Food products from Taiwan contaminated with maleic acid were tested and reported by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore.
“Maleic acid is NOT an approved additive for manufacturing food products. Long term consumption of high levels of maleic acid could harm the kidney.” according to the advisory.
Synthetic resins are used to manufacture plastic and automotive parts.