Korean Embassy asks PH to lift ban over Noshim Noodles
Ringo | On 10, Nov 2012
It was reported in this food blog that the Philippine government conducted it’s own studies to determine whether or not some variants of Noshim noodles contain benzopyrene, a substance that can cause cancer.
The result was positive and made the government to do an urgent move to pull out the noodles to markets to protect the rights of consumer. This also urged the custom department to ban the noodles from coming in the Philippines.
Here are the variants of noodles that the public should be aware:
- 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
The Korean Embassy, after a week of the ban asked the Philippines to lift the ban and said that the Korean Food and Drug Administration lifted the ban after it found out that the noodles only contain “extremely low” amount of the carcinogenic substance.
The KFDA also released a certificate showing that the level on Benzopyrene is only ranges from 0.4 to 1.6 ppb. The Embassy also cited the Korean government sets benzopyrene limits to 5 ppb (double or 10 ppb in dried smoked fish).
“The KFDA conducted the test and issued a certificate dated November 7 that the level of benzopyrene found in the noodle powder, which ranges from 0.4 to 1.6 ppb (parts per billion), was extremely low and has no harmful effect on the human body,” the Embassy said in a statement.
It also admitted that the news hurt the image of the company as well as the other Korean Noodles that were imported to the Philippines.
“The ban on the importation is seriously impacting the exporters and importers of the Philippines and Korea as well as the image of Korean-made noodles,” it said. “Given this serious situation, the Korean Embassy requested the appropriate measures of the Philippine government including the expeditious lifting of the ban on the six Korean noodle brands.”