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The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has directed Sheng Sheng F&B Industries to recall two Mie Sedaap products due to the presence of ethylene oxide, a pesticide.
The affected products are Korean Spicy Chicken instant noodles which has an expiry date of Mar 21, 2023, and the Korean Spicy Soup instant noodles which expires on Mar 17, 2023.
The SFA said on Thursday (Oct 6) that ethylene oxide was detected in the products during a survey of food items after the same pesticide was found in Haagen-Dazs ice cream products in August. The affected Haagen-Dazs products were also recalled then.
SFA said it is continuing regulatory testing of other Mie Sedaap instant noodle products and is working with importers and Indonesian authorities to investigate and rectify the cause of ethylene oxide contamination.
Should ethylene oxide be detected beyond the stipulated maximum levels, SFA will initiate recalls of the affected products as a precautionary measure.
According to SFA, ethylene oxide is a pesticide that is not authorised for use in food.
It can be used to fumigate agricultural products to prevent microbial contamination.
Under the Singapore Food Regulations, the chemical is allowed to be used in the sterilisation of spices. The maximum residue limit (MRL) of ethylene oxide in spices should not exceed 50mg/kg (50ppm).
Though it poses no immediate risk at low levels of consumption, long-term exposure may lead to health issues.
Consumers who have purchased the implicated products are advised not to consume it.
Those who have consumed them and have concerns about their health should seek medical advice.
Consumers may contact their point of purchase for enquiries.