Chatime Malaysia assured its consumers that tapioca starch balls used in the food products do not contain maleic acid.

Its Chief Executive Officer Bryan Loo said Chatime’s food products have been tested by SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification specialist.

“The result has been certified and verified that tapioca starch balls used in our food products do not contain maleic acid, therefore they’re completely safe to be consumed.

“We do not condone the usage of maleic acid in any food or beverage and would like to assure our customers that the overall quality of our products is our number one priority,” he said in a statement today.

Loo said as the number one local market leader in the modern tea industry, Chatime Malaysia took all the necessary precautions to ensure its food products are safe to be consumed by customers.

“We have observed that several food products manufacturers and operators have pulled out tapioca starch balls, also known as “pearls” from their drinks following a recall of several starch-based Taiwanese products found to contain maleic acid, which may lead to health implications.

“Following an existing stringent health and safety procedures, which comply with the international food safety regulations, Chatime’s food products have been tested by SGS,” he added.