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Published: Saturday June 11, 2011 MYT 1:19:00 PMUpdated: Saturday June 11, 2011 MYT 4:21:24 PM
By NG CHENG YEE
KUALA LUMPUR: Consumers have been urged to avoid eating the popular Korean noodles “Shin Ramen” until tests show that the food product is safe for consumption.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the product had been recalled from the market as the ministry was currently conducting tests on the product after it was suspected of having excessive amounts of the cancer-causing plastic addictives di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP).
“We urge consumers to stop eating the noodles which they have bought until the tests by our ministry show that they are free from these contaminants,” Liow said Saturday.
The ministry is also conducting tests on Korean noodles “Shin Ramyun” under the same company for similar contaminants.
He also said that all Taiwanese food products have been put on level four alert under the Food Safety Information System of Malaysia (FoSIM) for full inspection to ensure that no contaminated product entered the Malaysian market.
He also said that all food consignments from Taiwan would be be fully inspected after some of its food products were found to have the plastic additives.
“We are strengthening our workforce at our entry points to detect contaminated products as soon as possible and to ensure that no such food product slips through our ports and gates,” he told reporters after opening the Kojadi annual general meeting 2011 here.
Liow said that all imported food products were labelled from level one to level six under FoSIM and all level four products were subjected to full inspections.
Products placed under level one are allowed into the country without any check while level two and three products undergo random inspection.
Products under level five are held and tested for safety before being allowed into the market while level six products are not allowed to be imported.
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