Warnings were released against two products from FairPrice and Sheng Shiong in one week – here’s what happened

Packs of lettuce and a Pan Seas Shishamo Capelin Whole fish pack were recalled on Oct 4.
The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore and William Loh

High pesticide levels found in lettuce sold at FairPrice and Sheng Shiong, and a screw found in a pack of fish from FairPrice – what’s happening to our food?

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said via a statement on Thursday (Oct 4) that it detected high levels of pesticides in Pasar and Iceberg lettuce sold at NTUC FairPrice and Sheng Siong supermarkets.

The products have since been recalled.

According to AVA, the implicated product is imported by a Malaysian farm, Go Fresh Impex Pte Ltd.

The lettuce was found to have high levels of Fipronil, a wide-spectrum pesticide.

AVA said consumers who have bought the affected products should contact the supermarkets for more information, and added that vegetables must be washed and soaked before consumption.

But that’s not the only food recall that happened this week.

On Monday (Oct 1), a stock of frozen whole shishamo was recalled from a FairPrice outlet in Tampines Hub after a customer complained that he found a screw in a pack of fish.

The local seafood distributor, Pan Seas, which packs and distributes the product called Pan Seas Shishamo Capelin Whole, said it has been in touch with the affected customer.

Its general manager, Mr Arthur Seit, said all recalled packages were checked but no screws were found.

Pan Seas has since obtained the screw from Mr Loh and is investigating if it is similar to the ones used in its sealing machines and processing room.

AVA is also investigating the incident.