A Facebook post of a bun sold by Four Leaves which was filled with maggots went viral.
The story was posted by a mother of two children, Ms Ivy Yeo, on Monday (17 April) evening.
On her post, Ms Yeo posted two videos of the bun and a picture which showed the bun with maggots inside.
“My boy has visited the GP and referred to the hospital and will be resting at home now,” she wrote.
TOC contacted Ms Yeo who stated that the post is nothing about attention seeking or false claims. She stressed that she wants to give Four Leaves the time to investigate their procedure and improve if any lapse occurred.
Four Leaves has released an official statement on Tuesday(18 April), apologising for “the unpleasant incident concerning the mini chicken sausage bun”.
The director of Four Leaves, Koji Tanabe said, “We have been using the same brand of sausage for many years, and this is the first time we have encountered this problem. As a responsible bakery and also as parents to young children ourselves, we totally understand Ms Ivy Yeo’s concerns.”
He added that the bakery is taking a very serious view towards the incident.
The official statement from Four Leaves also said that all buns, including the mini chicken sausage buns, are made fresh daily. It stated that any unsold buns are donated or thrown away “at the end of the same baking day”, stressing that its outlets do not keep and sell buns that have been baked the day before.
Mr Tanabe said that they have contacted Ms Yeo, who has allowed the bakery more time to carry out investigations.
Four Leaves has since suspended the sale of all products containing sausages at all its outlets.
Mr Tanabe also noted that the bakery is working closely with the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the bakery chain’s suppliers to carry out a thorough investigation.
National Environment Agency (NEA) stated that it has inspected the outlet following the incident and did not find any hygiene lapses.
In a statement on Wednesday, it said, “We have inspected the implicated food shop following the feedback, and our investigations have shown that the sausage buns are prepared daily at the outlet in batches to maintain its freshness.”
“There were no hygiene lapses found in the handling and preparation of the sausage buns. The premises was well maintained and had no evidence of pests. All the food handlers were also found observing good food and personal hygiene practices,” the Agency added.
NEA stated that it would continue to monitor the outlet.