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Irvins Issues Apology After Dead Lizard Was Found In A Bag of Salted Egg Fish Skin

The owner of the snack brand is looking into the matter.

It was a rocky start for the new year for Singapore-based snack manufacturer Irvins Salted Egg Chips.

On December 29, 2018, Jane Holloway posted on Facebook about how her brother and mother were halfway through a bag of Salted Egg Fish Skin when they discovered a dead, deep-fried lizard among the chips. Hollaway wrote on her post: “OMG I can’t believe IRVINS Salted Egg is not purely salmon fish skin but also gecko! My poor brother and mum ate half the bag before they found this inside!!! So disgusting! How can this happen? This gecko was probably deep fried with the salmon skin by the looks of it.”

OMG I can’t believe IRVINS Salted Egg is not purely salmon fish skin but also gecko! My poor brother and mum ate half...

Posted by Jane Holloway on Friday, December 28, 2018

Holloway’s brother wrote to the brand over the holidays, and what began with a Facebook post ended with a Facebook post. On January 2, the brand issued a public apology signed by Irvin Gunawan himself. The prompt and sincere response said: “Quality control is one of the most important aspects of our company and we are always on our toes because our customers’ safety is everything to us. We really want to sincerely apologize to the customer and everyone who is affected by this incident directly or indirectly. We take full responsibility for the goods that we sell and everything in it. I have since personally contacted the customer and will continue to do so to make sure that she and her family is alright.”


Dear Customers, Fans, Friends & Partners of IRVINS Salted Egg, • All of us at IRVINS Salted Egg were very shocked and...

Posted by IRVINS Salted Egg on Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Gunawan has also promised to investigate the issue as he admittedly does not have an explanation as to how the tiny reptile ended up in one of the bags of chips. He has also offered a product recall and refund for all Irvins' customers who feel uncomfortable with eating the salted egg snacks. And he has assured that all recalled products will be disposed of.

Irvins Salted Egg Chips was established in 2014 after Gunawan reportedly shut down his seafood restaurant and his team toyed around with the concept of their now popular snack. Gunawan started a food trend and his eponymous salted egg chips became an in-demand purchase in Singapore. The brand launched in the Philippines in August 2017 and now has multiple kiosks around Metro Manila.

h/t: Mothership SG

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