Dead lizard in snack pack: Irvins salted egg founder says sorry



A customer from Bangkok found a dead lizard coated with salted egg inside the famous Irvins Fish Skin snack/  photos by Jane Holloway via The Straits Times/Asia News Network

Manila, Philippines - A Singaporean salted egg snack brand sold in Hong Kong and the Philippines, Irvins, has offered full refunds to customers who are suspicious of its product after a dead lizard coated with salted egg was found in a packet of fried fish skin.

The dead reptile was found after Bangkok-based customer ate half the bag of the said product.



Irvins are manufactured in Singapore, has total of 13 outlets; Seven in Singapore and three each in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

It is said that locals and tourist would even stand in line to buy this famous and ‘addictive’ snack. 

Large packs of salted egg fish skin and salted egg crisps, are sold for S$15, HK$110 and P$640, respectively.

A customer named Jane Holloway in Bangkok said in a Facebook post on December 29, Saturday, that her brother and mother had eaten half the bag of Irvins Salted Egg Fish Skin before they found the dead lizard in it.

A very disgusted Holloway could not believe how it happened.

“How can this happen? This gecko was probably deep fried with the salmon skin by the looks of it. Eeeewwww!” she wrote

Speaking to The Straits Times on Wednesday, Holloway said she brought the snack in a Bangkok supermarket in early November.

Meanwhile, Irvins founder Irvin Gunawan apologized to customers in a Facebook post and said that the company would further investigate the incident.


Irvins said that customers who purchased batches with October 16, 2019 expiration date or those who were uncomfortable eating the snacks could write the company’s feedback email to arrange product return for full refund.









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