Tapioca chips recalled over cyanide levels

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 12th December 2011

Batches of imported tapioca chips sold in speciality Indian grocery stores have been recalled due to high levels of naturally occurring cyanide in the ingredient cassava.

The batches of ‘Grandma’s Tapioca Chips’ and ‘Manjilas Tapioca Chips Spicy’, imported by Resmi International Pty Ltd, have been available from Indian grocery stores in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Western Australia, and Queensland.

The New South Wales Food Authority (NSWFA) has advised consumers not to consume the products. Consumers can return the products to the place of purchase for a refund.

Anyone concerned with potential health effects of the products should seek medical advice.

The recalled products, imported from India, are:

  • Grandma’s Tapioca Chips in 200g clear plastic bag, with ‘best before’ date 08.2012
  • Manjilas Tapioca Chips Spicy in 180g clear plastic bag, with ‘best before’ date 14.06.2012

This is one of several recalls in the past month for tapioca products due to concerns over high levels of cyanide. It appears to be part of a targeted regulatory enforcement operation and it follows the introduction of a tighter Australian standard for purity of tapioca chips.