Pretty sure 90s and above kids grew up with this popular preserved tangerine peel snack. Did you know that it has been discovered that there is a high level of lead in a batch of this popular snack?
The snack, which is known as ‘Jiabao jiuzhi chenpi’ in Chinese, is sold in various countries including Malaysia, Singapore, China, and some parts of the United States.
The manufacturer claimed that there is a low possibility that any of the product marketed abroad is contaminated.
However, the company said that two problem batches – totaling a dozen boxes of small packets containing 24 grams of peel each – were made in December and January using orange peels from a one-off supplier.
Tests by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation revealed that several samples of Jiabao jiuzhi chenpi contained almost eight times the acceptable level of lead content!
Source: Global Times
Authorities said that the inspections were conducted twice, once in March and another in May this year.
In March, inspections discovered seven times the amount of acceptable lead, while the May inspection revealed six times the standard amount allowed.
According to SCMP, the company has issued a statement that was released last week notifying the retailers of the issue. They revealed that all of the problematic products were recalled and incinerated in May.
Source: Rojak Daily
Food products are only allowed to contain less than one milligram per kilogram of lead, according to China’s regulations. However, authorities report that the first test showed 8mg/kg, while the second test had 6.69mg/kg of lead.
Congesting food that contains excessive amounts of lead can be toxic to the human body, especially for younger children.
The World Health Organization states that consuming high amounts of lead can affect the brain and central nervous system causing coma, convulsions, and even death. Children who survive severe lead poisoning may be left with mental retardation and behavioural disorders.
The Malaysian Ministry of Health have yet to issue a statement on the snack, looks like we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, you might want to stop snacking on those delicious tangerine peels, just until it is confirmed safe to consume!