After a four-second video of a single maggot wriggling in tuna meat was posted on the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s (AVA) Facebook page by user Linda Xue on May 14, canned food maker Ayam Brand has reassured customers that it is “impossible” for its undamaged products to be contaminated.
The company said in its statement that it is “scientifically impossible” for any live foreign matter such as a worm to be present in non-damaged canned food due to their process of handling the food.
“Sterilisation concretely means that the can of tuna, after being sealed, has gone through a further high-heat cooking at a temperature higher than 100 deg C for more than one hour. No living organism can survive a sterilisation process.”
The affected canned meat was allegedly from Ayam Brand’s Tuna Mayonnaise and showed that the product was manufactured last year, with the best before date of “02-11-2020” printed on the can.
Ayam Brand also said that past experience showed that investigations of similar cases have all found that the live foreign matter was not from the canned product, and they, therefore, will not be issuing a recall of the product.
“Consumers can be assured that Ayam Brand canned products are completely safe to consume due to our stringent quality controls and world-class standards,” it added.