MoH to examine biscuit maker Hup Seng Industries on cancer claim by Hong Kong group

MoH to examine biscuit maker Hup Seng Industries on cancer claim by Hong Kong group
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(Oct 22): Malaysia is looking into the findings by Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog that cancer-causing substances were detected in biscuits and crackers including those produced by Hup Seng Industries Bhd, according to a statement on Friday (Oct 22).

The Hong Kong Consumer Council on Monday announced that the 60 samples of pre-packed biscuits and crackers it tested contained cancer-inducing elements, such as glycidol or acrylamide. The council also found that 40% of the products analysed had misleading nutrition labels. 

“The factory premises of [Hup Seng] hold HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) and KKM (Malaysia’s Ministry of Health or MoH) certificates,” the MoH’s Food Safety and Quality Division said in a statement, citing an early investigation. The division of the ministry is also conducting a verification on the company’s premises, it said.

Hup Seng is one of the leading makers of biscuits in Malaysia, according to its website. The company couldn’t immediately comment. Its shares fell 2.7% to 91 sen on Friday, the most in two months.