Not too long ago, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) had recalled two types of Malaysian iceberg lettuces from the Singapore market when it was discovered to be unsafe for consumption.
High levels of Fipronil was found in two brands of lettuce, namely Pasar and Iceberg that were sold at NTUF FairPrice and Sheng Siong supermarkets.
Source: The Straits Times
Now, the Health Ministry in Malaysia has also followed suit and recalled the iceberg lettuce from Malaysia’s market as the farm was found to be selling it locally under the brand name ‘Vege 2 Fresh’.
According to NST, Health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said that vendors have been ordered to stop selling that particular brand of lettuce effective immediately.
In reports by The Star, Fipronil has been banned in the European Union for use in the food industry and this pesticide is usually used to banish fleas, lice, and ticks from animals.
Apparently, the discovery of the pesticide was thanks to one of the Singapore supermarket chain’s Food Safety and Quality Department when someone noticed a ‘whitish substance’ on a batch of the vegetables.
Following that, they collected a sample and sent them to Singapore’s AVA on October 2 for laboratory tests. In case you didn’t know, too much Fipronil is harmful to our health and can cause serious problems.
Below are some of the symptoms that can occur if you happen to ingest Fipronil:
► Abdominal pain
Please seek medical attention if you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Dr. Noor Hisham also said that the Health Ministry is constantly working hard to analyze produce from entry points and local markets to ensure that it is safe for consumption.
He added that from 2017 until July 2018, they tested 5,297 samples of fresh produce and 97 of the samples had pesticides that were over the permitted limit.
He advised Malaysians to always wash and soak vegetables and fruits properly to ensure that the pesticide residues are removed.
Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said that there was no news about other vegetables and fruits being affected and reassured that locally produced vegetables were safe for consumption as the supply chain of vegetables for the export market did not affect the local market.
Remember to check properly before buying your iceberg lettuce! Stay safe guys!
(Source: New Straits Times / The Star / WOB)