Not to consume an instant noodle from Japan (with plasticiser-tainted soup powder inside)

Issue Date 27.6.2011
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Instant Noodle

Product Name and Description

Brand name and food name: TOPVALU TV SALT Flavoured Instant Ramen Noodles
Retailer: JUSCO Supermarket (Kornhill Store)
Exclusive distributor: Aeon Stores (HK) Co. Ltd
Manufacturer: Aeon Co. Ltd, Chiba, Japan
Importer: AIC Merchandising (Japan) Ltd
Packaging: 93 grammes x 5 packs
Expiry date: October 6, 2011

The importer indicated that they were recalling the instant noodles.

Reason For Issuing Alert

Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) was found in a sachet of soup powder inside the noodle pack at the level of 2 ppm. DEHP is a plasticiser and has been found to cause damages to liver, kidney, reproduction and development when given to animals in large doses.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has notified the trade and instructed the concerned importer/retailer to immediately stop the sale of the product and initiate recall of the relevant batch of the product.

The CFS will continue its investigations and follow-up work, and closely monitor the recall arrangements. It will also conduct checks at retail outlets to see if the product is available for sale.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling this product

Advice to Consumers

Stop consuming this product

Further Information

The CFS press release

CFS Website: Plasticisers in food

Members of the public may call the importer AIC Merchandising (Japan) Ltd for enquiries about its recall during office hours: Tel: 2884 6888.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department