Malaysian lettuce recalled from Singaporean supermarkets over high pesticide levels

08-Oct-2018 Intellasia | Coconuts KL | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Lettuce of Malaysian origin has been recalled by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) after routine tests showed that the vegetable contained high levels of pesticide.

Imported via Go Fresh Impex, a press release warned consumers that affected goods were intended for sale at NTUC Fairprice, and Sheng Siong supermarkets.

“The AVA has detected high levels of Fipronil, a wide-spectrum pesticide, in (the) iceberg lettuce,” said the agency in a press release. The recall is ongoing.

Affected iceberg lettuce sold of NTUC Fairprice under the brand name “Pasar,” will also come with a supplier code of 40. The number is unique in identifying the supplier of sundry goods. AVA authorities suggest checking your veg, should you believe your greens might be contaminated.

No word on whether the same lettuce are sold in Malaysia.

Fipronil is a widely used pesticide for its effect on a wide-range of pests. It’s often used as the active ingredient in flea control products for pets, as well as household cockroach traps, corn fields, golf courses, and commercial turf. Symptoms of acute toxicity via ingestion includes sweating, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, dizziness, agitation, weakness, and seizures. Much of these effects are generally reversible and resolve spontaneously. Whether it has long-term, chronic effects is unknown.

Authorities recommend that those who believe they have bought contaminated goods to contact the supermarket.

As always, wash and soak your vegetables to remove pesticide residue! Worried about soggy lettuce? Buy a salad spinner! You won’t regret it.


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