Consumers have been advised not to eat Yangban brand Korean-made rice porridge with abalone after it was found to contain a harmful bacteria.
Read the statement from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) here:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) informed the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) that they had recalled Yangban brand Korean-made rice porridge with abalone from retail sales in Canada. The batch of product was recalled because it was found with Clostridium botulinum and it may potentially permit the growth of the bacteria. As there is import of the implicated product, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore had informed the importers of the affected product to recall it from sale immediately.
AVA advises the consumers who have bought the implicated product to discard the product and not to consume it. Alternatively, consumers can return it to the retailer. Details of the affected product are as follows:
Product Name: Yangban brand Korean-made rice porridge with abalone
Package Description: Red round 288-gram container featuring Korean characters
Package Size: 288gm
Date Marking: Expiry date 2015-01-24
Batch Identification: Batch Code 09:46 YA-02
What is Clostridium botulinum?
Human botulism is a rare but potentially life-threatening disease caused by a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, which can be found in soil, the environment and contaminated food.
Symptoms associated with the ingestion of food contaminated with botulism toxin can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, blurred or double vision, dry mouth, respiratory failure and paralysis.
The Ministry of Health of Brunei has also banned the import, distribution and sale of the same product due to contamination.