Maggi noodles recalled over salmonella scare

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Posted at May 05 2011 06:31 PM | Updated as of May 06 2011 03:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - Nestlé Philippines is recalling a number of its Maggi beef and chicken noodles for possible salmonella contamination.

The company said it found traces of salmonella in 2 batches of the noodle product's beef variant.

"The product recall is a precautionary measure... to ensure the safety and quality of our products," Nestlé Philippines said in an ad published in a newspaper.

Consumers who bought the recalled products are requested to contact Nestlé Philippines hotlines at telephone numbers 898-0061 (Metro Manila) and 1-800-100-637853 (provinces, toll-free).

Nestlé Philippines, however, said its products are safe to eat if the cooking instructions are properly followed.

Salmonella infections typically affect the intestines, causing vomiting, fever, and other symptoms.

Suzette Lazo, director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told ANC Top Story on Thursday that Nestlé Philippines has informed her office regarding the recall.

"According to law, they have to do this, when they discover that there is something that would be harmful to consumers," Lazo said. "They complied with that law, and this is a very responsible thing that they did."

"We also have to do our own analysis now, based on our [standard operating procedure]. When you have a recall, even if it is a voluntary recall, we have to do our own test and get a report from them every day," she added.

She said the contaminated ingredient of the recalled food products seem to be the flavor enhancer that is mixed into the noodles while cooking.

This flavor enhancer has also been recalled in the U.S., Lazo said.

She said the FDA has raised its alert and is trying to review similar noodle products in the market  for possible contamination. - ANC