Test finds no ochratoxin-A contamination in 26 brands of 3-in-1 coffee

A test of 26 brands of 3-in-1 coffee on sales in the Thai market reveals that none of them is contaminated with ochratoxin-A, a kind of naturally occurring toxins, according to a report by Smart Buyer Magazine of the Foundation for Consumers.

However, the report said four of the 26 brands have a high sugar content and six of them do not have a Thai label on them.

Ochratoxin-A is usually found in foodstuffs, especially in cereals and coffee beans.

The 26 brands of 3-in-1 coffee which has been tested for ochratoxin-A are: Carabao Espresso; Owl Instant Coffee (Strong); French Cafe Rich Gold; AIK CHEONG White Coffee; Buddy Dean Extra Roast; Carabao Rich Aroma; Khao Shong Espresso; Birdy Robusta; BenCafe Instant Coffee Mix; Nescafe Blend&Brew Rich Aroma; Nescafe Gold Cappuccino; Super Ginseng Coffee; Dao Coffee Premium; UCC Original; Super Coffee Original; Moccona Trio Expresso; COBIZCO POP2nd Premix Coffee Instant; SUPER ONE INSTANT COFFEE MIX; Arabus Arabica; G7 coffeemix; MisterCup; G7 COFFEE; SUNDAY INSTANT COFFEE MIX; Khao Thalu Coffee Double-short; MASUSA CAFE Natural Herbs Coffee Kopi Herbal Tradisional; and MUZEspresso.

All brands are found to have safety level of caffeine. Under the Public Health Ministry regulation, coffee product must contain not more than 100 milligrammes of caffeine per 100 millimetres of mixed coffee.

Four brands are found to have sugar content higher than recommended level of not more than 12 gramme per day for drinking beverages. They are:  AIK CHEONG White Coffee with 19g; MUSACA CAFE Natural Herbs Coffee Kopi Herbal Traditional with 14g; BenCafe with 13g; and, Nescafe Blend&Brew Rich Aroma with 13g per sachet.

Six brands, imported from Malaysia, Laos and Myanmar, do not have a label in the Thai language.  They are: COBIZCO POP2nd Premix Coffee Instant; SUPER ONE INSTANT COFFEE MIX; G7 COFFEE; SUNDAY INSTANT COFFEE MIX; MASUSA CAFE Natural Herbs Coffee Kopi Herbal Tradisional; and, Dao COFFEE PREMIUM.