Monday, June 13, 2011

Avoid Korean noodles (until further notice)

Malaysians, being Asians, eat rice as a staple. Noodles come in a close second and they include those easy-to-cook 2-minuters packed in single-helping packages and cups or bowls.

Thanks to the Health Ministry, imported food products are monitored closely and tested for unsafe additives. Lately, there has been a spate of Taiwan food products being banned for containing carcinogenics.

Two products from a local multi-level company, Cosway (M) Sdn Bhd were analysed and found to contain di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP).

Following this, the ministry had ordered the company to destroy Oriyen Nutri Grow (Boy) Orange Drink Premix, 330g product (code: 36135).

Oriyen Nutri Grow (Girl) Cranberry Drink Premix, 330g product (Code: 36136) was found to be safe.

However, the ministry advised consumers, who had earlier used the tainted product Oriyen Nutri Grow (Boy) Orange Drink, not to worry as the health risk from the contamination was low.

The latest consumer warning being for two brands of Korean noodles, Shin Ramen and Shin Ramyun. Consumers have been advised to avoid eating these two noodles until tests confirm they are safe for consumption.

Both products from the same company had been recalled for tests to determine if they have excessive amounts of plasticiser, di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP).
Source: Avoid Korean Noodles

Related article:
Two more Taiwanese food products recalled


  1. oh, many thanks for the info.. i have been consuming that particular brand of instant noodles.. hmmmm, its like nothing on the shelves is safe to consume nowadays huh?? scary..

  2. A lot of foodstuff on the not to consume list now.... scary. :(

  3. SK, glad you read the post. Frankly, I find imported instant noodles taste so much better - whether from Thailand, Japan or Korea, but cost more at the same time. Looks like the safest ones are those from our own country, and cheaper too.

    Lina, it's hard to keep up but then again there is no escape. Seems like everything has some form of unhealthful additive. What we know for sure to be tainted, we avoid, others - consume in moderation. If you like blueberries, here's a little secret. Not everything 'blueberry' has the actual fruit. Some of them are just gel, sugar and coloring (red and blue make purple). Now you know. LOL!

  4. Aduh got 4 packet left..tQ for the info. More left the better means consumed lesser hahaha.

  5. Already checked and they say it is safe for consumption. :)

  6. That's too bad. I've been consuming and still have stocks of this particular brand of Korean noodles at home. Thank you for informing. Now I need to buy another brand at the supermarket.