The manufacturer and owner of the popular Filipino instant noodles Lucky Me! has assured consumers of the safety of its products, even as three European Union countries and Taiwan recalled several variants of the product.
This over fears of high levels of ethylene oxide, a chemical commonly used to manufacture pesticides and disinfectants, in the product.
Ireland, Malta, and France separately recalled several flavors of Lucky Me! noodle soup and pancit canton, especially those manufactured between 2021 and 2022.
These include the original, hot chili, kalamansi, and chilimansi flavors of Lucky Me! Pancit Canton, and Lucky Me! beef mami flavor.
"This pesticide is not authorized for use in foods sold in the EU. Although the consumption of the contaminated product does not pose an acute risk to health, there may be health issues if there is continued consumption of ethylene oxide over a long period of time. Therefore, exposure to this substance needs to be minimized," said the Irish government in its advisory.
In a statement on Thursday (July 7), Monde Nissin said it was aware of the ongoing recall in the EU and Taiwan, noting that it affects other companies' noodle brands and multiple categories such as ice cream, sesame seed and spices.
Monde Nissin stressed that it does not add ethylene oxide in its noodle products. "It is a commonly used treatment in spices and seeds to control microbial growth typical in agricultural products. These materials, when processed into seasoning and sauces, may still show traces of ethylene oxide."
The manufacturer also stressed that all Lucky Me! products are registered with the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and comply with local food safety standards and "even the US FDA standards for ethylene oxide."
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