Why the FDA recalled some Korean instant noodles

by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Nov 02 2012 06:54 PM | Updated as of Nov 03 2012 02:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Food and Drug Administration has ordered the recall of 6 variants of Nongshim instant noodles, which were reportedly found with cancer-causing substance benzopyrene.

Health department spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag urged Filipinos to stop buying these particular Korean instant noodles since it has been found to contain benzopyrene, which may cause lung and stomach cancer.

"Benzopyrene is a substance regardless of how much you ingest or inhale, ito ay nakaka-cause ng cancer. Natatagpuan yan sa cigarette smoke. Sa pagkain, nakikita rin yan, ngayon nga nakita yan sa Korean noodles na Nongshim. Kaya pina-rerecall nga, kasi nakaka-cancer. Pag yan po ay nakain sa tiyan po, stomach cancer. Pag nainhale, lung cancer," he told ANC's Top Story.

Benzopyrene has been identified as a chemical with carcinogenic potential.

"Hindi kailangan marami makain, makaka-cancer," Tayag added.

The FDA urged the public to avoid buying these 6 Nongshim instant noodle brands:
Neoguri (Hot) with expiration dates: 12.10.11, 12.11.11;
Neoguri (Hot) Multi: 12.10.11, 12.11.11;
Neoguri (Mild): 12.10.28, 12.11.17;
Big Bowl Noodle Shrimp: 12.11.4, 12.11.29, 13.1.10 and 13.1.30;
Saengsaeng Udon Bowl Noodle: 12.9.30, 12.10.22;
Saengsaeng Udon: 12.8.28, 12.10.8.

Tayag expressed hope that supermarkets and Korean stores would immediately remove these Korean instant noodles from their shelves.

The public is urged to report to the FDA (807-8275 or 807-0651) if these products are still in the market.

Earlier, Nongshim, South Korea's largest instant noodle maker, earlier insisted its products were safe. The company said the Korea Food and Drug Authority said the amount of benzopyrene found in the said Nongshim products were "miniscule" and within permissible levels.

China, Taiwan and Hong Kong have also recalled these particular Nongshim instant noodle brands over benzopyrene.