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Eco group: Korean ramen recalled for cancer-causing substance still sold in NCR

October 28, 2012 4:34pm
An ecological group claimed Sunday that Korean ramen products containing a cancer-causing substance are still being sold in Korean stores in Metro Manila despite having been recalled by the Korea Food and Drug Administration.

On Oct. 25, the KFDA recalled nine types of instant noodles, including six made by Nongshim Co. Ltd., Korea's largest ramyeon manufacturer, after detecting the carcinogen benzopyrene in the powdered seasonings.

“In the interest of consumer health and safety, Filipinos who are fond of Korean ramyeon (ramen) should refrain from consuming the recalled items, and shop owners should return the remaining stocks to the manufacturers at once. We request our local Food and Drug Administration to look into this food safety issue and take appropriate action,” said EcoWaste Coalition campaigner Aileen Lucero in a post on the group's blog.

The group said it conducted test buys on Oct. 27 as part of its observance of National Food Safety Awareness Week and Consumer Protection Month.

EcoWaste said it was able to buy Nongshim's Mild Neoguri, Spicy Neoguri, Neoguri Cup Noodles, Saewootang Cup Noodles and Seng Seng Udong—all part of the recall—from Korean stores in Makati and Quezon City.

The group said the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classify benzopyrene as a probable human carcinogen based on studies demonstrating that the substance can increase the incidence of tumors in animals. — BM, GMA News



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