Food Allergen Alert: Stop Consuming certain Lecithin Powder Imported from Taiwan

Issue Date 20.2.2014
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Lecithin Powder

Product Name and Description

Product name: O'Health Lecithin Powder
Manufacturer: O'Health Co., Ltd in Taiwan
Importer: O'Farm Limited
Country of origin: Germany
Net Weight: 320 gram per can

Reason For Issuing Alert

In response to a food complaint, the CFS took a sample of O’Health Lecithin Powder from the shop concerned for testing. Result showed that it contained milk protein and lactose but the presence of these substances was not declared in the list of ingredients on the product's food label.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has issued warning letters to the concerned vendor and the importer, and alerted the trade to stop selling the affected product.

The CFS will monitor the developments of the incident and take appropriate actions as and when necessary.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the affected product immediately.

Advice to Consumers

People who are allergic to milk may have immunologic response like vomiting, diarrhoea and rash upon consumption of food containing milk. In severe cases, anaphylactic shock may even develop. As for other members of the public, generally speaking, they would not be subject to such reactions when the food in question is consumed.

Consumers who were allergic to milk should stop eating the product, regardless of batches. People should seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after eating the product of concern.

Further Information

The CFS press release

The importer has stopped sale of the affected product and initiated a recall. For enquiries about the recall, members of the public may call the retail company at 8111 1575 during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department