FDA orders recall of Korean noodles

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Saturday, November 3, 2012


DAYS after the environment watchdog EcoWaste Coalition called its attention, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally ordered the recall of the Korean noodle products found to be containing cancer-causing substances.

In its advisory, the FDA said the order came after their Korean counterpart had confirmed that the noodles are tainted with the cancer-causing benzopyrene.

"The Philippine government mandate is to protect consumer and is taking regulatory steps to ensure that these products will be off the market shelves immediately," said the FDA.

The products are identified as Nongshim Big Bowl Noodle Shrimp; Nongshim Negori noodles in hot, multi hot and mild variations; Nongshim Saengsaeng Udon Bowl Noodle; and Nongshim Saengsaeng Udon.

"These same brand noodle products will not be permitted in the market in the future until and unless tested and cleared by competent authorities," the advisory furthered.

Last week, EcoWaste reported that it was able to purchase in local Korean stores the same noodle products that were already banned by the Korean FDA.

The KFDA had announced the recall of nine types of instant noodles, including six products manufactured by Nongshim Co. Ltd., after detecting concentrations of benzopyrene in the powdered seasonings.

Soon after the KFDA announcement, Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwanese health authorities ordered the removal of the recalled items from store shelves.

On the other hand, the FDA called on the general public to avoid buying the recalled products in case they are still found in the market or dispose them if they are already in your possession.

"Report to us if these brands are still in the market," appealed the FDA. (HDT/Sunnex)

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