Denmark initiates recall for South Korean noodles over possible ‘acute poisoning’


(MENAFN) Denmark's food agency has taken the precautionary step of recalling South Korean instant ramen produced by a brand popular in the West, warning consumers that the noodles are so hot they might cause "acute poisoning". The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration issued a statement on Tuesday, highlighting three Samyang Foods noodle products with dangerous levels of capsaicin, the active component of chilli peppers.

The affected products from Samyang's instant ramen line include Buldak 3x Spicy & Hot Chicken, 2x Spicy & Hot Chicken, and Hot Chicken Stew, all of which are being withdrawn from sale in Denmark. The level of capsaicin in a single packet of these noodles is deemed so high that they pose a risk of consumers developing acute poisoning, according to the Danish agency.

In response, the agency advised consumers to discard the products or return them to the store of purchase. A special warning was issued against children consuming the noodles, with parents urged to contact the Poison Line if their children exhibited any "acute symptoms" after consumption.

Samyang products enjoy widespread popularity overseas, with the company's operating profit reaching a record high of over USD110 million in 2023. Samyang Foods expressed surprise at the recall, noting that it was the first time its products had been recalled due to excessive heat. The company pledged to enhance its understanding of local regulations in export markets to prevent such incidents in the future.

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