- Lianhe Zaobao
Singapore authorities have released a recall on a Malaysian instant coffee product, after checks and tests showed that it was safe to consume.
MyCafe 4-in-1 Penang Durian White Coffee produced by Coffee Tree was recalled in Singapore on Feb 3 when reports surfaced of consumers suffering adverse side effects.
In an update on Wednesday (Feb 28), the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said that all samples of the product passed its safety tests.
It added that earlier reports of fainting and bizarre behaviour related to the product in Malaysia involved packets which were tampered with.
“The Malaysian authorities informed us that the product implicated in the incident in Penang was found to be tampered with, and there was no evidence to suggest that the main product line was contaminated,” AVA’s statement read.
Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam had said earlier: “It seems there is some kind of syndicate giving away coffee sachets which contain drugs.”
The product’s manufacturer said on Facebook that they had found evidence of tampering on the packets that victims were given.
“From the coffee packaging that we have collected from the victim, we noticed that the packaging was tampered with as it appears different from our own coffee packaging including the weight,” the company said.
A viral video of two security officers behaving strangely after consuming the coffee had at the time prompted many Malaysian stores to remove the product from shelves, although no official recall was issued by authorities there.
It was reported then that at least five people were hospitalised after being given packets of the white coffee to drink.