31 May '13, 4am

'Pearls' free of harmful acid

'Pearls' free of harmful acid

At least four bubble tea chains have got word from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) that their tapioca balls, also known as "pearls", are free of a possibly harmful acid. An AVA spokesman confirmed with The New Paper yesterday that pearl samples from bubble tea chains Koi Cafe, Gong Cha, Sharetea and Each-A-Cup have tested negative for maleic acid. Maleic acid is not an approved additive and long-term consumption of high levels of it can cause kidney damage. However, occasional consumption at the levels detected does not pose any significant health risk, said the AVA. On May 20, Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration detected maleic acid in some food products, and this led to the recall of the Sunright brand tapioca balls in Singapore. On Sunday, the AVA announced that it had recalled 11 food products after traces of maleic acid were found in them. Withdrawal of a...

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