Saturday, June 11, 2011

Avoid Korean noodles

KUALA LUMPUR: Consumers have been advised to avoid eating Korean noodles “Shin Ramen” and “Shin Ramyun” until tests confirm they are safe for consumption.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said both products from the same company had been recalled as the ministry was conducting tests to determine if they had excessive amounts of plasticiser, di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP).
“We urge consumers not to eat the noodles until our tests show they are free from contaminants,” he told a press conference after attending the Kojadi annual general meeting 2011 here yesterday.





Liow also said that all Taiwanese food products had been put on level four alert under the Food Safety Information System of Malaysia (FoSIM) after carcinogens were detected in several of them.
He had instructed that all food consignments from Taiwan be fully inspected after some of its food products were found to have been contaminated by excessive amounts of plasticiser, DEHP and DINP.
“We are strengthening our workforce at entry points to ensure no contaminated food products slip through our ports and gates,” Liow said.
He explained that all imported food products were labelled from level one to level six under FoSIM and all level four products were subject to full inspections.

Not for sale: Korean cup noodles “Shin Ramyun” are still seen at a supermarket in Petaling Jaya even after they were recalled from the market.

However, Liow said the amount of Taiwanese food products imported by Malaysia was small and that it was more important to ensure banned additives do not enter the country.
Meanwhile, Liow assured consumers that flour sold in the market was safe for consumption as the ministry's tests showed that benzoyl peroxide (bleaching agent) had not exceeded the permitted level.
“Our tests showed that the benzoyl peroxide in our flour did not exceed 50mg per kg, which is the permitted level in Malaysia,” he said.
For more information visit http://moh.gov.my%20or%20http//fsq.moh.gov.my or call the Food Safety and Quality Division of the ministry at 03-8883 3652/3653.

KUALA LUMPUR (June 11, 2011): Malaysia has raised the alert for imported foodstuffs from Taiwan to Level 4 of the Food Safety Information System for Malaysia after carcinogen was detected in several of them.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said today that scrutiny of imported foodstuffs from Taiwan was being intensified at ports.
FoSIM has six levels of alert. Level 4 requires every consignment from the source country to be sampled. Level 5 requires the consignment to be sampled and held at the port. Level 6 is for the consignment to be rejected.

He said the ministry was stepping up information sharing with authorities in Taiwan and Hong Kong to trace which other countries had purchased the bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalae (DEHP) and di-Isononyl (DINP).

"This traceability system is very effective. We have a list, we know Taiwan's addictive is selling to which country, and we take note of the products to see if the food is coming into our country," he told reporters after opening Koperasi Jayadiri Malaysia Berhad 29th annual general meeting here.
Seven types of food and beverage imported from Taiwan had been pulled off the shelves for containing DEHP since early this month.
Yesterday, the authorities also recalled the South Korean instant noodle "Shin Ramen" for fear that it had been contaminated.

Liow said samples of the noodle had been taken for testing, and urged the public to stop consuming the product for the time being.
He said the ministry would continue to monitor the situation and keep the public informed.

Liow also said the flour sold in the market is safe for consumption and the level of benzoyl peroxide, an bleaching agent used in flour processing, is below the maximum level allowed by the ministry.
He said the amount allowed to be used by the international standard is 75ml per kilogramme of flour while in Malaysia the maximum allowed is lower, at 50ml per kilogramme.

He was refuting allegations that flour sold in the market contained a high level of benzoyl peroxide.

Comment.
It seems that even our food sources are not safe anymore.
First, it was China's milk powder, now, it's Taiwan's &Korean's food additive ! Whats next?
We may be consuming certain foodstuff daily on a long term basis and suddenly, we got the news that what we have been eating is, in fact, contaminated.
And the consequences can mean serious health issues!
Isn't that shocking?
Isn't there any way that the Malaysian government can monitor the food that we eat to ensure that they are safe?
If the scope is too wide, it can start by taking on countries known for such activities.
The Health Ministry should have people who are not only aware of such issues but also be involved in actively searching out potential offenders worldwide.
So that the health of Malaysians is protected.
Be proactive instead of being reactive!!

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