2 Mie Sedaap cup noodle flavours recalled over presence of pesticide
Pesticide ethylene oxide was found in Mie Sedaap Kari Spesial Instant Cup Noodles and Korean Spicy Chicken Instant Cup Noodles.
Two flavours of instant cup noodles from the Indonesian instant noodle brand are being recalled, announced the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) in a press release on Tuesday (Oct 11).
This is the third recall announced by SFA for Mie Sedaap products in the past week, bringing the total number of products affected to six.
SFA has directed Indostop Singapore Pte Ltd to recall Mie Sedaap Kari Spesial Instant Cup Noodles and Korean Spicy Chicken Instant Cup Noodles. The products expire on Mar 27, 2023 and Apr 24, 2023 respectively.
The recall is still ongoing and all implicated Mie Sedaap products will undergo SFA’s hold-and-test regime upon arrival in Singapore. This means that only batches that have passed the laboratory testing will be released for sale till the issue has been rectified.
SFA has identified the chilli powder to be contaminated with ethylene oxide through its regulatory test results. The manufacturer, PT Wings Surya, is working with importers to ensure that sales of Mie Sedaap instant noodle products with chilli powder are ceased.
The manufacturer will also reformulate its products to rectify the cause of ethylene oxide contamination.
Previously, SFA recalled Mie Sedaap’s Korean Spicy Chicken instant noodles, Korean Spicy Soup instant noodles, Soto flavour instant noodles and Curry flavour instant noodle products due to the same reason of ethylene oxide contamination.
Ethylene oxide is a pesticide used to fumigate agricultural products to prevent microbial contamination. It is not a substance that is authorised for use in food.
Although consumption of food contaminated with low levels of ethylene oxide does not bring about any immediate risk, long-term exposure to this substance should be minimised as it may bring about health issues, says SFA.
Consumers who have purchased the above-mentioned products are advised not to consume them. Consumers who have consumed the above products can seek medical advice if they have queries about their health. They can also contact their point of purchase for enquiries.