SINGAPORE – The use of preservatives in food made headlines recently when the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) suspended the operations of nine kueh manufacturers in July over the improper use of benzoic acid and sorbic acid.

The suspension was the result of checks by the agency on 28 major kueh makers from April to July this year, after SFA detected high levels Рmore than two to eight times the regulatory limit Рof benzoic acid in the products of two other kueh makers in March.