Korean-inspired Mie Sedaap noodles recalled over pesticide linked to cancer

Korean Spicy Soup (left) and Korean Spicy Chicken instant noodles. (PHOTOS: SFA)
Korean Spicy Soup (left) and Korean Spicy Chicken instant noodles. (PHOTOS: SFA)

SINGAPORE — Two Korean-inspired instant noodles from Indonesian brand Mie Sedaap are being recalled due to the presence of ethylene oxide, a pesticide linked to cancer.

The pesticide was found in them during a survey of food products after it was detected in Häagen-Dazs ice cream products in August, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) in a press release on Thursday (6 October).

It was not detected in any of the food products other than the Mie Sedaap Korean Spicy Soup instant noodles and Korean Spicy Chicken instant noodles, said SFA, adding that it has directed the supplier of the products, Sheng Sheng F&B Industries, to recall them.

The implicated batch of Korean Spicy Soup noodles has an expiry date of 17 March 2023, while that for the Korean Spicy Chicken noodles expires on 21 May 2023.

"SFA is continuing regulatory testing of other Mie Sedaap instant noodle products. We are also working with the importers and Indonesian authorities to investigate and rectify the cause of ethylene oxide contamination."

Ethylene oxide can be used to fumigate agricultural products to prevent microbial contamination. Under the Singapore Food Regulations, the pesticide is allowed to be used in the sterilisation of spices but is otherwise not authorised for use in food.

Although there is no risk from the consumption of food contaminated with low levels of ethylene oxide, long-term exposure to it may lead to health issues, said SFA.

Consumers who have consumed the implicated products and have concerns about their health should seek medical advice, according to SFA. They may also contact their point of purchase for enquiries.

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