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Thứ Năm, 16 tháng 6, 2011

Korean instant noodles suspected to contain DEHP

South Korean instant noodles Shin Ramyun is sold at Maximark Cong Hoa supermarket in Tan Binh District, HCMC
Photo: Thanh Nien


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After jellies, syrup, and candies imported from Taiwan and the Philippines were found with DEHP, it is now the turn of instant noodles from South Korean to contain the cancer-causing plasticizer.
Ho Chi Minh City authorities have taken samples for testing.

There have been media reports that the Malaysian health authorities have warned people not to use Taiwanese-made Korean instant noodle brands Shin Ramyun and Shin Ramen because they are suspected to contain excessive amounts of DEHP.

Hong Kong authorities have found DEHP in Shin Ramyun (mushroom flavor) made in China.
In Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, South Korean instant noodles are available in large quantities, especially in supermarkets. They are produced in South Korea, China, or Vietnam.
At Maximark Cong Hoa in Tan Binh District, HCMC, Shin Ramyun and another South Korean instant noodle brand Nongshim are available. They are imported by the city-based Nhat Minh Thanh Company.

In Hanoi, an employee of Unimart, which sells the two products, said the supermarket only sells instant noodles with clear origin but it has yet to receive any information about DEHP contamination.

Health agencies to confirm soon 

The Food Safety and Hygiene Department yesterday contacted the Malaysian Health Ministry to get information about South Korean instant noodles suspected to contain DEHP, Nguyen Cong Khan, head of the department told Thanh Nien.

Malaysian health authorities said they had yet to decide about recalling the products since they are waiting for test results.

Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai, deputy head of the department, said: “We have taken samples of Shin Ramyun and Shin Ramen instant noodles from supermarkets for testing. We will announce the test results as soon as they are available.”

The HCMC Sub-department of Food Safety and Hygiene has asked all importers and traders of food and drinks made in Taiwan that have been found to contain DEHP to report about the products before June 20.

Anyone companies failing to do so will be severely penalized, the agency said.

The reports can be made to the agency at 59 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, or to (08) 35040418.

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