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Frozen lobster product recalled due to excessive levels of cadmium: SFA

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The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has issued a recall for a frozen lobster product found to contain excessive levels of cadmium, a heavy metal.

The product – Captain Dan’s Frozen Cooked Wild Caught Cold Water Boston Lobster – was found to have cadmium levels exceeding the maximum limit stated in Singapore’s food regulations.

The affected batch originating from Canada was imported by Lam Kee Fisheries, and has an expiry date of June 15, 2024.

As a precautionary measure, SFA has directed Lam Kee Fisheries to recall the products.

“Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium are naturally present in the environment and can enter our food when the animals and plants we eat come into contact with water, soil and the seabed,” said SFA.

“Crustaceans, such as lobsters and crabs, can accumulate heavy metals from their diet and environment.”

Based on levels detected, one-off consumption of the affected products is unlikely to be of food safety concern, said the agency. However, long-term intake of high levels of cadmium may cause renal dysfunction, bone demineralisation and increased risk of cancer in the lung, endometrium, bladder and breast.

Those who have consumed the product and have concerns about their health should seek medical advice, and may contact their point of purchase for enquiries.

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