Undeclared allergen (coconut) found in imported prepackaged instant matsutake mushroom rice

Issue Date 14.2.2023
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety

Food Product

Imported prepackaged instant matsutake mushroom rice

Product Name and Description

Produce name: ONISIFOODS Instant Alpha Rice – Matsutake Mushroom


Place of origin: Japan

Name of importer: City Super Limited

Net weight: 100 grams per pack

Best-before date: February 29, 2028

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS, through its Food Incident Surveillance System, noted a notice issued by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States that the above-mentioned product is under recall because it might contain coconut but it was undeclared on the food label.
  • Preliminary investigation found that the above-mentioned importer had imported the affected product which was on sale in its chain stores.
  • Coconut is a known food allergen. Those who are allergic to it may develop symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulty, itchy skin and rash upon consumption. 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.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS immediately followed up with major local importers and retailers.
  • The above-mentioned importer has already stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected product and initiated a recall.
  • The CFS will alert the trade, continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • The trade should stop using or selling the affected product immediately should they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Consumers who are allergic to coconut are advised not to consume the product concerned.
Further Information

The CFS press release

Members of the public may call its hotline at 2736 3866 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

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Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department