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Sunday March 23, 2008

Authorities recall Korean-made food product


DESPITE a recall issued by the authorities here, only three people who bought Nong Shim’s shrimp crackers have asked for a refund from its importer.  

South Korea’s largest processed food maker issued an apology last Tuesday after a suspected deep-fried rat’s head was found in a bag of its shrimp crackers there.  

The company has shut down production of the crackers and taken them off the shelves across South Korea.  

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) here ordered its local importer, KMG Enterprise, to stop selling all Nong Shim shrimp crackers and advised consumers who bought the product to discard the contents.  

Koh Puay Sin, 58, general manager of KMG Enterprise and director of Korean minimart Sol Mart, said the two kinds of shrimp crackers it sells in Singapore – spicy and non-spicy – are not the same variety.  

While he was unable to explain the difference, he said he had been assured by his Korean partner that the shrimp crackers imported into Singapore are “different”. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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