SINGAPORE: The Singapore Food Agency has extended the recall of two additional Mie Sedaap products from Indonesia due to the presence of ethylene oxide.
The agency said it has directed Arklife Distributors Pte Ltd to recall Mie Sedaap Soto and Curry flavour instant
On Thursday, the agency directed Sheng Sheng F&B Industries Pte Ltd to recall Mie Sedaap Korean Spicy Soup instant noodles and Korean Spicy Chicken instant noodles due to the presence of the substance.
Malaysia’s health authorities said the batches of noodles sold in Singapore had not been brought into Malaysia. The batches sold in Malaysia were different from those in Singapore, a health ministry official said.
SFA noted that it is continuing regulatory testing of other Mie Sedaap instant noodle products.
“We are also working with the importers and Indonesian authorities to investigate and rectify the cause of ethylene oxide contamination.
The agency said 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,” said the agency.
Under the Singapore food regulations, ethylene oxide is allowed for use in the sterilisation of spices up to a residue limit of 50 parts per million.
Although there is no immediate risk to the consumption of food contaminated with low levels of ethylene oxide, long-term exposure may lead to health issues.