MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs is closely monitoring the importers of Korean instant noodles. This comes days after the Food and Drug Administration issued a recall order on 6 variants of Korean instant noodles made by South Korea's Nongshim.
Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon ordered the BOC assessment and operations group to monitor and submit a list of Korean noodle importers.
Biazon said he asked the FDA whether there is a ban issued on Korean noodles, but he has yet to get a response.
"Pina-watch list ko na rin... Of course kung wala naman kaming basis to impose a ban, but at least we know kung anong pumapasok and ma-identify kung sinong ang exporters... Para maidentify kung sino susundan ng authorities," he said.
Last November 1, the FDA issued a recall order on 6 types of instant noodles, which were found to contain high levels of benzopyrene, which causes cancer.
The FDA said the following brands are covered by the recall order are:
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.