Instant Mala Hotpot Importer Says They Followed Procedures, Blames China Factory For Product Ban

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Ba Shu Lan Ren Instant Mala Hotpot Supplier Joneve Trading Says China Factory Was The Cause For Product Recall

In case you didn’t know, the popular Ba Shu Lan Ren instant hotpot has been banned in Singapore.

Current products in Singapore have been seized, and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has fined importers.

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However, Joneve Trading – one of the product’s importers in Singapore – has stepped out and said that they had done nothing wrong during the process.

Instead, they claimed that the China factory in charge of importing the product was to blame for the controversy.

Company did not take part in declaring process

In a lengthy post on Wednesday (11 Oct), Joneve Trading wrote on Facebook that they had went through proper shipping procedures and wasn’t involved in the actual declaring process.

They even provided an example of an email sent to prove their case.

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The post – which can be read in full here – also talks about how AVA personnel conducted a random inspection on their warehouse in August and informed them that the product contained undeclared meat and egg content.

Sales and importation was then stopped and they were asked to contact the main manufacturer in China for an assessment.

China factory refused to proceed with the application

According to Joneve Trading, the China factory was required to submit certain documents – as per AVA’s requirements – to arrange the inspection.

However, Chinese manufacturer refused to do so for fear of a leak in their recipe.

Because of this, the application for inspection was stopped in September.

Hence, this was how the ban came about. Because the manufacturer didn’t trust our food authority enough.

This is what you’ll be getting from now on.

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This prompted Joneve Trading to seek out another factory which was under AVA’s approval list.

AVA certificate is 100% real

Additionally, the supplying company once again reiterated that the AVA certificate they had received was legitimate.

In case you don’t know what they’re referring to, here’s the image of the certificate of authorization uploaded earlier this year.

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This is because The Straits Times had reported that a fake AVA certificate was circulating online.

Should you still eat that mala?

Despite the recent ban, the Ba Shu Lan Ren hotpot can still be obtained on Qoo10 and Carousell.

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Should you still try eating this infamous mala?

Your choice, but the risk of animal and food-borne diseases is still there.

Featured image from Instagram.

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